“We are simply taking back what is ours. It is us who run this school.”
The important aspect of this story is the language used by these students. Pay close attention to the quotes.
The College Fix reports:
Dartmouth student union demands $27 per hour for late-night barista jobs
Students at Dartmouth College are demanding a number of benefits, including an increased minimum wage of $21 per hour for campus jobs to $27 per hour for late-night shifts, including for those who work at a campus coffee shop.
The students, members of the Student Workers’ Union Collective, have held protests, circulated petitions, and used email and social media to push for their workplace demands throughout the past year.
Among their demands articulated at a November 3 event attended by The College Fix were higher wages, the removal of an unreliable espresso machine, and free meals for workers, as well as a schedule that better fits with their life as a student.
The students held hand-painted banners and signs that said, “Pay your f***ing workers,” “Support our struggle,” and “Listen to student workers.”
Kaya Colakoglu thanked his “fellow student workers and comrades,” and said that the protest was about a “class reality.” He criticized the “rich, white administrators and trustees who rule our university under a dictatorial austerity regime.”
“We are not asking for $21 [an] hour. We are demanding it,” he said. “We are not making a case for handouts for being looked after better. We are simply taking back what is ours. It is us who run this school.”
Colakoglu added “a man-made system [that] has made [it] so that even though it is us who makes the world spin, it is you who enjoys the fruits of our labor.”
He continued, “F*** that! We want it all! We don’t want a few dollars more. We don’t want your pity. We don’t want your handouts. We want the whole fucking world and we will settle for no less.”
“We have tasted power,” he said.
Colakoglu, who called himself a communist, is a Turkish international student and attended Uskudar American Academy, a private high school in Istanbul, he said.
When asked by The Fix to clarify who specifically he considered to be part of a “dictatorial austerity regime” at Dartmouth, Colakoglu declined to give any further comment.
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