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State of the TA Unions (DUer in the new NYU protest video?)

DU member read more is involved (on strike) at NYU, and has been since last year!

Full story: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/08/14/unions

Aug. 14
State of the TA Unions

The video had the same amateur quality as those that circulate on YouTube and other Internet sites. Set to the lyrics of Were Not Going to Take It, a handheld camera followed friends of the graduate student unionization movement to a New York University alumni fund-raising event this past year that featured the unions public enemy of the moment, NYU President John Sexton.

The party crashers did their best to disrupt the function, and the roughly 100 labor organizers from around the country who watched the screening on Friday some of whom appeared in the footage cheered the effort. If that wasnt enough to stir the audience at the start of the 15th annual Coalition of Graduate Employees Union conference, in Philadelphia, former Yale University graduate student Carlos Aramayos challenge to his brothers and sisters set the tone.

University administrators are trying to put together a national message, and we havent been good enough in pushing our movement, said Aramayo, a representative from Graduate Employees and Student Organization at Yale.

The administrators agenda, according to speakers: increased centralization of power, and a more corporate model for graduate education.

The administrators document of choice, speakers said, is a report released last fall by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that speakers say decried the lack of strong leadership from deans at graduate schools and called for a more cosmopolitan approach to the Ph.D, that focuses on students marketability. Aramayo said he does not want to see students pushed through their programs under a tight watch.

From read More in the past: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Strike fund or info: http://www.2110uaw.org/helpGSOC.htm


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