Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spreading Grad Student Strike

The graduate student/TA strike that started at UC-Santa Cruz appears to be spreading. From the (Berkeley) Daily Cal:

The Berkeley Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA, General Assembly passed two votes Monday regarding a potential wildcat strike in support of a COLA for all UC graduate students, according to Cal COLA organizer Jeremy Adams.
The votes passed called for a labor stoppage in addition to a grading strike beginning March 16. The vote for a wildcat strike — or a strike action taken by unionized workers without the union leadership’s authorization, support or approval — comes after UC Santa Cruz graduate student workers made headlines by conducting grading and full teaching wildcat strikes for living wage adjustments, according to the Graduate Assembly, or GA, website.
There are now 15 “strike-ready” campus departments, according to Adams. After in-person classes were suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Adams said Cal COLA has no plans of slowing down, but is changing its strategy by holding a digital picket line to avoid holding mass rallies...

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