UC Santa Cruz Cancelled Classes Due to Grad Students Who Are Still Striking
“The school reopened libraries, dining halls, and other campus services Friday after having been in near-complete shut-down mode Thursday.”
The school recently fired 54 grad student teaching assistants over this, but they’re still going.
Campus Reform reports:
UCSC cancels classes due to STILL striking grad students
The University of California-Santa Cruz reportedly canceled classes Thursday due to an ongoing strike by graduate student workers who, despite having just been fired, are still striking to demand more pay.
“Faculty, students, and staff should not come to the residential campus, given that access is significantly impacted at this time, with both entrances of the residential campus remain blocked by unsanctioned strike activity,” the school wrote Thursday morning on its continually updated advisory situation.
Friday morning, the school announced that while there are currently still picketers at the main campus entrance, “traffic continues to flow freely onto and off of campus” at other entrances. The school also advised that on-campus transportation services are running, but that public transport busses are not making their regular on-campus stops.
The school reopened libraries, dining halls, and other campus services Friday after having been in near-complete shut-down mode Thursday.
The disruptions are the result of an ongoing strike by UCSC graduate student workers demanding an increase in pay in the form of a cost-of-living-adjustment. Participants began by refusing to issue final grades to undergraduate students.
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They don’t give a damn about the undergraduates. Some vocal undergraduates express support, but there are probably lots who just want to get their classes competently taught and get their education. Undergrads are paying! The strikers are already getting free tuition, and the opportunity to earn more through these jobs.
Some strikers have already been fired, but have not had their free tuition or other aid revoked. I think those things should be on the table. These grad students are in a union, and their union agreement is that they will not strike, so they are in violation of their union contract.