North Carolina Universities Ignored Covid-19’s Writing On the Wall. Now They Are Shutting Down.
One by one, North Carolina’s universities are shutting down in-person instruction as clusters of coronavirus bloom across the dorms and in off-campus housing. Yet the universities with later start dates are adamantly refusing to change their plans, and college students across the state are continuing to move into the dorms and prepare for the first week of classes.
Olivia WoodAugust 27, 2020
CUNY Union Lawsuit Fails; Workers Need a Strike
The faculty and staff union’s request for a court injunction to reinstate 2,800 workers laid off by CUNY earlier this summer has been denied. By relying on the lawsuit instead of preparing for a strike, the union leadership has failed to protect the jobs --- and health insurance --- of its members.
Olivia WoodAugust 14, 2020
Hundreds of CUNY Adjuncts to be Fired and Lose Health Insurance: Interview with Laid-off Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies
Adjunct faculty at CUNY have been exploited for decades and now, in the midst of the pandemic, they are facing mass layoffs. We spoke to one such adjunct, Sami Disu, about the university’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and how they are fighting back.
Left VoiceMay 26, 2020
CUNY Faculty Organize Against Layoffs and Tuition Hikes
CUNY faculty are facing mass layoffs and the rank and file are fighting back. Below we share a list of demands written by the group Rank and File Action, CUNY, which is building a campaign to withhold spring grades in protest.
Left VoiceMay 25, 2020
Universities Plan to Sacrifice Student and Employee Health for Fall Tuition Checks
After a spring semester hastily moved online, higher education is now hedging their bets on what to do for the fall. With money the top priority for administrators, students and employees need to fight harder than ever to protect their safety and livelihoods as COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to climb.
Olivia WoodMay 4, 2020
“Shock Doctrine” in Higher Ed: Class Struggle in the Pandemic
With the pandemic and economic downturn, faculty are facing the threat of a “shock therapy” in higher education bringing sweeping changes to their working conditions. To meet this crisis, they need to organize for worker and student control of colleges and universities.
Jason KoslowskiApril 6, 2020
Wildcat Strike at UCSC Enters Second Week
The graduate students of the University of California, Santa Cruz are teaching an end-of-semester lesson on the art of the wild-cat strike by fighting the boss and the union bureaucracy. Not a grade will be submitted until the university submits to giving the graduate students what they deserve.
James Dennis HoffDecember 16, 2019