On June 1st, Worcester police and tactical units instigated an attack on anti-racist protesters in yet another example of rampant police brutality. Following a protest at City Hall against the racist murder of George Floyd, police cornered a small march and filled the streets with enough pepper balls and smoke grenades to make it throughContinue reading “SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Drop The Charges — Defend the Anti-Racist Movement”
Bryant Sculos is a union professor at Worcester State University. Because of the coronavirus crisis, many students, educators, and staff members are facing attacks on their jobs, benefits, and education. The graduate workers at Worcester State University circulated a petition to defend their stipends. Can you tell us about the conditions at Worcester State andContinue reading “Worcester State University Graduate Workers Fight for Their Pay: Interview with WSU Union Professor”
The Independent Socialist Group stands in solidarity with Worcester State University graduate workers and applauds their victory in winning their stipends for the fall! But the fight is not over. Grad students and professors, not just at WSU, but across the country, will need to fight for contracts and compensation for the extra work causedContinue reading “Solidarity with the Worcester State University Graduates Fighting for Fair Pay!”
Por Sarah Beth Gable, SEIU Local 509 (A título personal) “En condiciones seguras, si conseguimos controlar el virus, volvería con confianza. Pero esto es una locura. No quiero que la medida de mi dedicación y compromiso sea la disposición que tenga a arriesgar mi vida y la de mis estudiantes”. Sharahn Santana, profesora de laContinue reading “La clase trabajadora de la educación se enfrenta a un inseguro e incierto semestre de otoño, mientras continúa el impulso de la reapertura de las escuelas.”
By Sarah Beth Gable, SEIU Local 509 (Personal Capacity) “Under safe conditions, if we get the virus under control, I’d go back with confidence. But this is crazy. I don’t want the measure of my dedication and commitment to be how willing I am to risk my and my students’ lives.” Sharahn Santana, a teacherContinue reading “Education’s Working Class Faces Unsafe, Uncertain Fall Semester as the Push to Re-Open Schools Continues”
Every year, in every crisis, the rich have gotten richer, while the working class struggles to keep its head above water. Capitalism entails booms and busts where workers rarely benefit from the booms and are always hurt by the busts. As entire sections of the workforce either lost their jobs or have been unable to work due to COVID-19, the inevitable economic crash has come to a head once again—with this recession promising to be much more severe than the last. But this pandemic doesn’t need to be a death sentence for the working class.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass Amherst withholds vacation payouts, leaves precarious workers without summer pay, evicts workers and their families from university housing, and threatens job cuts. ISG interviews a member of the graduate student union, who says: “A living wage, access to safe and affordable housing, decent healthcare and paid-time off, represent not excesses, but a right to dignity.”
Universities around the country are using the pandemic to justify further cuts and austerity for already low-paid graduate student and adjunct instructors. But higher ed workers, especially unionized graduate students, are fighting back!