World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 26 Mar, 2021 08:00 am

Columbia graduate students resist efforts to shut down their strike

Columbia graduate students resist efforts to shut down their strike
There is immense hostility among rank-and-file members to the machinations happening behind the scenes over the Columbia strike.

on Thursday and included members of the bargaining committee, as well as members of the rank and file, the bargaining committee revealed a plan to concede wage demands at a bargaining session later in the day.The bargaining committee itself is deeply divided.“We are not saying [to the bargaining committee] ‘please don’t [make concessions].” One member of the bargaining committee, who is clearly trying to force through the proposal, argued back, “We also represent the 90 percent of the unit that is not on this Zoom call as well.

” The bargaining committee member who appeared to be leading the attack said, “If Columbia takes the package, it will go to a ratification vote, and we’ll have a vote on it.” The same bargaining committee member added, “Part of the problem is that it seems unrealistic that we’ll get 5/4/4 and that a lot of people are uncomfortable striking for that as it is, and we are getting a lot of emails privately [about that].

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