World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 23 Mar, 2021 04:15 am

UAW seeks to isolate Columbia and New York University graduate student struggles

UAW seeks to isolate Columbia and New York University graduate student struggles
Everything is being done to prevent the two strikes from linking up and appealing to broader sections of students and workers for support.

Graduate student workers at New York University (NYU) will begin voting today on whether to authorize a strike to fight for improved wages and health care, expanded family and child care benefits and other demands.This was made clear by the comments of Maida Rosenstein, president of UAW Local 2110—an amalgamated union that has repeatedly negotiated concessionary contracts for workers throughout New York City.The graduate students have also called for the protection of international and immigrant workers, and for NYU to cut its ties with the New York Police Department (NYPD).The university’s decision to hold in-person classes and work amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 30,000 people and infected 794,000 more in New York City alone, was no less dictated by the interests of the millionaire administrators and collection of multimillionaires and billionaires that make up the NYU Board of Trustees.

The result of the university’s pseudo-scientific “safety” policies, which accept the inevitability of infection and death, has been over 2,346 COVID-19 infections across NYU’s New York City campuses and at least one death.These numbers will increase significantly in the coming weeks and months as the university, New York City and the country more broadly, move to fully reopen.

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