Graduate Student Strikes Fight Back Against Decades of Austerity, Seek to Revive Opportunity
Participants in these actions explain that the goal isn't only pay and benefits for graduate student workers, but returning public higher education to a state of accessibility for millions of students and opportunity for millions of workers after decades of budget cuts and privatization.
SOURCE: Jewish Currents
Little Bargains for Big Issues
by Michael Paul Berlin
Bargaining teams representing University of California graduate workers focused narrowly on economic issues, and not on building unity of workers and the communities around universities. This is a historical pattern of a "business unionism" model eclipsing a view of unions as social movements. Workers need to change this.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
So, You Want to be a History Professor?
by David A. Bell
Faculty who are advising potential graduate students need to have a plan beyond hoping that the abysmal job market will make a sudden U-turn. Here's one radical package of solutions.
UC Strike is Energizing a Movement of Research Workers
Collective actions at the University of California campuses and elsewhere are influencing research workers to view the work that they do in the lab as labor.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Assessing the UC Grad Strike
by Laura J. Mitchell
Despite winning increases in wages and benefits, University of California graduate student workers still face the problem of working amid the rubble of a social contract uniting universities, students, and the public around the idea of the university as a public good.
SOURCE: The Guardian
The UC Grad Worker Strike is the Most Important Labor Action in the History of Higher Ed
by Nelson Lichtenstein
The strike aims not only at raising the pay of graduate workers and postdocs, but reversing the austerity politics that have gutted California's public higher education and created a climate of precarity for intellectual workers in the system.
SOURCE: Yale Daily News
Grad Workers: Choose Solidarity with New Haven
by Adom Getachew and Sarah Haley
Two former Yale PhD students argue that the university's graduate student union offers not just benefits and protection to graduate student workers, but the chance for them to work in solidarity with other university and New Haven workers across the vast racial and socioeconomic divides separating city and campus.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
What's at Stake in the UC Grad Strike
by Jay Caspian Kang
While public support for unions has grown in recent years, it's not clear if the public understands that the working class is now likely to be involved in knowledge work. The strike by University of California graduate workers hopes to change that.
48,000 UC Academic Workers Striking: You Can't Eat Prestige
"Without its armada of researchers and grad students, the UC system is essentially a baroque real estate scam." Those workers argue they deserve much more from the system in exchange for the labor that makes it run.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Will an Academic Worker Strike Tarnish University of California System?
It is difficult to avoid the conclusion, argue the L.A. Times editors, that the University of California system must make wage concessions to allow their graduate student workers to afford housing anywhere near their campuses.
Strange Beasts of Columbia
by Eduardo Vergara Torres
"According to the administration, the typical Columbia student worker must be an eyeless, toothless, infertile male creature bred on the cold shores of New England, who is about to inherit a fortune amassed by generations of well-educated ancestors."
SOURCE: The New Republic
The 20-Year Fight to Unionize Grad Student Workers
by Rebecca Nathanson
"The 3,000-person strike at Columbia University is the largest active strike in the U.S. and marks a decades-long struggle to recognize grad-student labor," as Rebecca Nathanson explains.
SOURCE: American Historical Association
Webinar: Teaching Assistants in the Time of COVID
Join an AHA sponsored webinar on the challenges facing graduate teaching assistants in remote, hybrid, and in-person classes during COVID. October 22, 2:00 PM Eastern
SOURCE: The Activist History Review
Graduate Worker Organizing is Scholarly Praxis
by Hannah Borenstein
For many inside and outside of academia the notion that graduate students are indeed workers is not readily clear. In large part, I came to see this as mirrored through the reproduction of academia’s lack of emphasis on scholarly praxis.
SOURCE: Pacific Standard
New report highlights gross inequities in health coverage for grad students
When universities short change grad students, undergrads suffer too.
SOURCE: Inside Higher ED
Apparent Relief for Grad Students
Reports indicate congressional negotiators have dropped repeal of tax-exempt tuition waivers for graduate students and other provisions affecting higher ed from final tax-reform bill.
SOURCE: Emory University News
Digital project focuses on Lincoln-based sermons
A group of graduate students at Emory University specializing in digital research in the humanities have created a new website that uses digital tools to analyze and compare the text of sermons delivered after Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Their project uses various digital text tools to map geographic and thematic patterns in the collection of 57 sermons, which reside in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library of Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library. The scholars are calling their project "Lincoln Logarithms: Finding Meaning in Sermons" and they hope it will become a model for the next wave of research in the humanities. "The [Lincoln] sermons are something we honed in on because we think the analysis we did could be helpful to a lot of researchers," says Sarita Alami, one of three graduate fellows in the library's Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC). "Nothing exists like this right now," says Alami of the online guide. "The sermons are a game piece for creating a guide for people who are interested in doing digital projects and don't know what tool to use or where to turn. We created an online map so that researchers can know what to try." ...
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