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  •  Graduate Student union fight (none)
    Wu Ming...were you at NYU?  Or were you at one of those very lucky public universities where grad student unions are legal.

    We fought at Columbia U. for the right to have a graduate student union.  But unfortunately the whole endeavour seems to be on extremely shaky ground now that the NLRB has changed its ruling on the employee status of grad students at private universities.

    That union fight (with the help of the UAW) was where I first "cut my teeth" politically.  I then worked for Howard Dean, something I would likely never have done without that important experience.  

    There are many of us (vast majority?) who understand labor issues and the history of the Democratic party, and are ready to help fight for those issues.  
    •  i'm in the UC system (none)
      and the big battle to recognize the union was pretty much over by the time i came in. still, with every new contract negotiation and resultant strike season, i've watched them fight far harder for the welfare of students than any other graduate student organization ever did. the whole thing was a political eye-opener, esp. the solidarity shown by the other unions on campus.. i am astounded that organizing unions has been ruled illegal at private schools, given how dependent the entire system is on underpaid grad student labor to function. how have your profs been with it? i'm lucky to have several very sympathetic advisors. good luck with it all.

      crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

      by wu ming on Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 05:25:31 PM PDT

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