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Higher Education

Another Broken Promise: Biden Scraps Free Community College Proposal

Jill Biden confirmed today that two years of tuition-free community college won’t be part of any Build Back Better legislation. This shows, yet again, that Democrats don’t care about the working class.

Left Voice

February 7, 2022

Cancel Student Debt Now

The Biden administration has confirmed there will be no extension on the student loan moratorium, with repayments set to restart February 1, 2022. The working class should fight not just for extension of the moratorium, but what has always been needed: education as a right that is not commodified. We need a movement to demand the elimination of student debt altogether, along with free public college and university education for all who want it.

Mike Pappas

December 16, 2021

Columbia Seeks Scabs. NYC-Area University Educators Refuse

Columbia is trying to hire scabs to replace student workers for spring semester in an effort to break their 7-week-long strike. Student workers at NYU-GSOC have organized a pledge that no academic worker will cross the picket line by applying for or accepting these jobs. We reprint the pledge here and urge readers who work in higher education to sign on as individuals and ask their unions to do the same.

Left Voice

December 14, 2021

Dear Columbia: Denying Student Workers Healthcare and a Living Wage Is the Real Violence

Columbia University’s administration has denounced the “violence” at this week’s completely peaceful picket by student workers. Do not be fooled: the real violence is the university denying student workers healthcare, a living wage, and neutral third-party arbitration.

Mike Pappas

December 10, 2021

Unite Our Struggles: All Out for Columbia Student Workers

Student workers at Columbia University have been fighting to win a first contract for almost four years and are once again on strike. In order to win, they will need the support and solidarity of students and faculty across the city and across the country.

Student Workers at Columbia Are on Strike Again — What Will It Take to Win?

Yesterday, more than 3,000 student workers at Columbia walked off the job to demand a living wage and healthcare. In order to win these demands, however, the rank and file will have to unite with faculty and students, and be willing to shut down the university by taking their strike all the way to the end of the semester.

James Dennis Hoff

November 4, 2021

Bates College Employees Made Labor History, and Admin Is Coming Out Swinging

Bates College, a liberal arts school in Lewiston, Maine, became the first private college in the United States to file for a wall-to-wall union. Despite their talking points of “social responsibility” and “the world beyond one’s self,” the bosses are fighting back tooth and nail, with censorship and illegal labor practices.

Sarah Frankie Sigman

October 25, 2021

Temple University’s Rank-and-File Talk “Cops out of Unions”

Cops aren’t workers --- they’re weapons of the ruling class to attack workers and the oppressed. Despite what many of our union leaders say, building real union power means kicking cops out of our unions, and mobilizing from the bottom up to link our unions to a wider, class-wide struggle against the ruling class.

Jason Koslowski

September 20, 2021

CUNY’s Reopening Plan Is a Disaster in the Making

As the City University of New York prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of students back to campus, workers say they don’t feel safe.

James Dennis Hoff

August 24, 2021