World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 29 Mar, 2021 04:45 am

West Coast educators call for unity with striking Columbia University graduate students

West Coast educators call for unity with striking Columbia University graduate students
We urge graduate students strikers to join us by building an independent rank-and-file strike committee to unite with other university student workers, K-12 educators and the working class more broadly throughout the US and internationally.

We, the West Coast Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees, extend our solidarity with the courageous striking graduate student workers at Columbia University (CU) in New York City.We urge the graduate student strikers to join us by building an independent rank-and-file strike committee to unite with other university student workers, K-12 educators and the working class more broadly throughout the US and internationally.The proposed agreement, on which rank-and-file members had not been consulted, would leave student workers with a de facto pay cut in the first year, taking into account inflation.The union has ignored rank-and-file demands and is actively preventing the linking up of the strike at Columbia with graduate student workers at New York University (NYU), who are part of the same amalgamated union and are voting on strike authorization for similar reasons.

CU graduate student workers, along with their student, faculty and staff allies must link up and broaden their fight into a united struggle across campuses and universities and beyond!The West Coast Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees met on Saturday as the death toll hit 550,000 in the US—nearly one-fifth of the global total of 2.

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