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  •  This is ridiculous (7+ / 0-)

    This is an outrage! UCB students should throw a general strike; even just grad students would suffice. IF even just UCB English grad students were to strike, I bet it would gum up the graduation tables due to lack of labor force in mandatory comp. classes, in turn leaving the school vulnerable to extra students who didn't pass. That would be where I would orchestrate a strike (provided these sections are 1. mandatory and 2. not covered by adjuncts and 3. fairly plentiful, which I'm sure they are).

    I know that's got nothing to do with the DA. And yet somehow I feel that it could.

    Tipped and rec'd.  

    You might want to re-think those ties. - Erin Brockovich

    by mahakali overdrive on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 07:13:11 AM PST

    •  that'll happen next fall when the contract is up (3+ / 0-)
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      jpmassar, JayRaye, mahakali overdrive

      if not sooner. the grad student labor union elected a pretty activist leadership slate last year, they've been very active in the occupy stuff as well.

      the trick is to get the professors to join us.

      •  Yes, that's a tough one (0+ / 0-)

        depending on the school, the unions can be fierce and breaking with them can result in dire consequences.

        There's some talk of strikes on the table, but limited only.

        I'm glad to hear talk from grad labor unions being on board. They could decimate the UC/CSU system very easily if they went on strike. Especially if they did that mid-Semester when it was harder to fill the slots with adjuncts OR other Profs who would be already fully committed. I see that as very, very promising. Particularly, like I said, in ANY foundation classes -- composition is a big one commonly covered by grad students, as are a few others like some basic math classes. It's good to hear this.

        The profs support it. Will they do anything? Their unions have their hands tied and are watering things down here.

        You might want to re-think those ties. - Erin Brockovich

        by mahakali overdrive on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 04:42:38 PM PST

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    •  What would be the point of that? (0+ / 0-)

      The DA doesn't work for the college.  As if they care if the students strike.

      •  It would create a revenue problem (0+ / 0-)

        for the area. They don't work for the college. But both work for the city, essentially. Both can apply political pressure quite well.

        You might want to re-think those ties. - Erin Brockovich

        by mahakali overdrive on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 04:43:28 PM PST

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