World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 18 Mar, 2021 20:30 am

New York educators call for support to striking Columbia grad workers

New York educators call for support to striking Columbia grad workers
The New York Educators Rank-and File Safety Committee calls on all New York City workers and, in particular, K-12 educators to support the strike by Columbia University graduate teaching and research assistants.

The New York Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee stands in solidarity with the Columbia University graduate student-worker strikers.The university president and Columbia University Board of Trustees are resisting your just demands and are made up of Wall Street executives, real estate moguls and the former head of the Federal Reserve of New York, who have all gotten even richer as grad students and tens of millions of working class people struggle from paycheck to paycheck, if they even get one.Mayor de Blasio and the rest of the Democratic Party in New York, following the lead of the Biden administration, are seeking to open nonessential businesses and schools as quickly as possible.On Thursday, New York City public high school teachers, who do not have exemptions for remote teaching, and next Monday, high school students signed up for blended learning, are expected to join the thousands of Pre-K through middle schoolers already attending in-person.

On Wednesday, the Situation Room of the New York Department of Education reported over 218 schools closed, along with 784 classrooms in other buildings, because of COVID infections.The New York Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on all New York City workers and, in particular, K-12 educators to support the strike by Columbia University graduate teaching and research assistants!

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