Friday, March 6, 2020 Dr. Keith Hoeller, author of Counterpunch magazine article, "Apprentices to Nowhere: From Impoverished Graduate Students to Impoverished College Professors."
You can find the complete article via the following link:
"Apprentices to Nowhere: From Impoverished Graduate Students to Impoverished College Professors." https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/apprentices-to-nowhere-from-impoverished-graduate-students-to-impoverished-college-professors/
The article centers on the graduate teaching assistants who have commenced a statewide strike in the University of California system:
"Why have 233 graduate teaching assistants gone on strike at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC)? Why did University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano issue a warning letter threatening to fire the striking graduate students? Why did the University of California call in police from outside the college who used batons against the nonviolent protesters and then arrested 17 of them? Why did the University of California Santa Cruz refuse to offer Spring classes to nearly 30 teaching assistants? And why did the UC Santa Cruz outright fire another 54 of them?"
I try to place the graduate student strike within the larger context of the contingent faculty movement as a whole.
Co-founder (with Teresa Knudsen), Washington Part-Time Faculty AssociationEditor, Equality for Contingent Faculty: Overcoming the Two-Tier System (Vanderbilt University Press)