A conversation with student and graduate employees about why workers are simultaneously on strike at two universities.
Right now, a¬†majority of residential advisers at Kenyon College, organized with the Kenyon Student Worker Organizing Committee, are on an indefinite strike over unfair labor practices. At the same time, over¬†1,750¬†graduate student workers at Indiana University with the Indiana Graduate Workers Coalition are on strike, demanding that the university administration formally recognize their union, pay graduate workers a¬†livable wage, and eliminate costly student fees. In this extended mini-cast, we talk about these important struggles with three worker-organizers across the two campuses: Molly Orr, a¬†sophomore at Kenyon College who works at the Kenyon Farm and the Writing Center; Nora Weber, a¬†fourth-year PhD candidate in Sociology at Indiana University; and Anne Kavalerchik, a¬†third-year PhD candidate in Sociology and Informatics at Indiana¬†University.
This blog was originally posted at In These Times on April 21, 2022.
About the Author: Maximillian Alvarez is editor-in-chief at the Real News Network and host of the podcast¬†Working People, available at InThe?se?Times?.com. He is also the author of¬†The Work of Living: Working People Talk About Their Lives and the Year the World Broke.