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Striking Temple U. Grad Students Can’t Believe School Revoked Their Free Tuition

Striking Temple U. Grad Students Can’t Believe School Revoked Their Free Tuition

“held a press conference Thursday to express dismay and anger at the school’s cancellation of their free tuition and health benefits”

Students are so used to getting what they want when they protest anything.

The College Fix reports:

Temple U. grad assistants shocked at losing free tuition, health benefits after refusing to work

Striking graduate assistants at Philadelphia’s Temple University held a press conference Thursday to express dismay and anger at the school’s cancellation of their free tuition and health benefits.

The Temple University Graduate Students’ Association has been on strike since the end of January, The Temple News reports. Members participating in the strike received notice on February 8 that their full tuition balance was due in a month.

The TUGSA is demanding a pay increase of $32,800 per year, up from an average of $19,500. Temple has offered a three-percent annual pay increase, “a one-time payment of $500 to certain individuals, double parental leave and additional bereavement leave.”

According to Business Insider, Temple says the value of its graduate assistant tuition benefit is $20,000.

Temple Sociology Department R.A. Bethany Kosmicki accused Temple of getting back at the strikers: “We believe that the way Temple chose to cut off our benefits was in retaliation for participating in our right to strike and are pursuing a challenge to it.”

Ph.D. candidate Madison Ingram, a striking TUGSA member, took to Twitter to mock Temple for its email regarding her tuition payment:


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Biting the hand which educates you.
Smart move.

Best lesson they can ever learn!

Is there any interest in maybe making a documentary out of some of the people involved in some of these We’re Such Good And Righteous Adults” initiatives?

It seems that over and over again, stories emerge in the news of Young Adult Oh-So-Good And Righteous people like this who seem to be of the belief that history started with them.

They seem to behave as if they believe that they are the very first humans who have ever come up with the idea of going on strike, etc.

As if it never ever occurred to them that ……….. consequences.

Why’s there never been a documentary that follows some of these Oh So Good young adults as they sign up for tens of thousands in student loans , to major in almost entirely worthless Oh So Good bachelors degrees?

I might have phrased the notice to students “Because you are no longer fulfilling the terms of your contract, your tuition remission has been rescinded for the spring semester.” Saying “As a result of your participation in the TUGSA strike,” it seems to me they are leaving themselves wide open to claims of retaliation.

This was predictable when they were allowed to unionize.

    NotCoach in reply to Idonttweet. | February 13, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Depends. If the strike is illegal then that language is perfectly fine, it seems to me.

    Would you call it “retaliation” when the employer stops a striker’s pay? Tuition remission was part of their pay for working for the university. They stopped earning it.

    Now they are getting more of an education than they wanted.

“Introduction to Contracts 101.”

Seems they need a union to protect them from stuff like this.

caseoftheblues | February 14, 2023 at 7:54 am

Completely utterly useless narcissists… if they never come back they would not be missed in any significant way. Online video lectures would more competently handle their functions


e pluribus unum | February 14, 2023 at 7:47 pm

When people in the real world go on strike they forfeit their pay and benefits. Guess the union organizers forgot to mention that when they were talking the kiddies into unionizing.

The modern bachelors degree … just short of finishing tenth grade fo

Not getting treated as you expected does not mean you were cheated; it means you were misinformed. Whether you were cheated or not depends on who told you what you’d get.

I’m reminded of that Nazareth College not-a-prof’s very public melt down over a “revoked” employment offer ?6? years ago. (Makes an illuminating read. To the interwebz!) Net, “I did the thing, then did the other thing, then the other, other thing, just like everybody told me to — also grrrrrrrl power — and *this* happened. Also, misogyny.”

From communications she published, she and the possible gig weren’t aligned on much of anything past the names of the department and her degree program; “negotiating” retrospectively on stuff already settled, while the online monkeys cheered on the misfit.

What was the actual deal with the Tulane Serfs? Why would they expect anything “fair”, “equitable”, or even “reasonable.” Higher Ed has developed into a pretty extreme con with consequences. No reason the gradual students should be left out.

Aren’t people getting post-secondary ed supposed to be smart?