It Wasn’t Enough They Got Discounts on Tuition…

They wanted more money and went on strike. UC Santa Cruz fires 54 graduate students participating in months-long strike.

The firings came as graduate students at the University of California, Davis, and University of California, Santa Barbara, began their own cost-of-living strikes in solidarity. One of their demands is that all UC Santa Cruz graduate workers who participated in strike activities be restored to full employment status.

The 54 UC Santa Cruz graduate students who received termination letters on Friday are just a fraction of the 233 graduate student instructors and teaching assistants who have refused to submit nearly 12,000 grades from the fall quarter since December.

Graduate students are in the same boat as student athletes. Universities make a lot of money off their labor, but where student athletes only get free tuition and room and board, most graduate teaching assistants also get a living stipend. Or maybe the get a stipend instead of room and board. (The last time I applied to a graduate program, Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Or maybe it was George H.W. Bush.) Either way, they knew what they signed up for.

Still, I think that all of them should be fired. They have a contract, which forbids strikes, and they violated it. They shouldn’t get a free pass. (They are represented by the Auto Workers Union, so they can – eventually – renegotiate. Or they could before they threw the contract out the window.)

Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove and Super-Progressive UC Santa Cruz Terminates Graduate Students Demanding More Money. Who notes…

You know, these graduate students could have taken jobs elsewhere than the university. Heck, they could have gotten outside jobs and earned. But, no, they Demanded the college take care of them. While not working

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