Strike Reflections

I am glad I marched in the strike last year, and glad that it was a successful effort. However, our work is far from over, we are far from an equitable distribution of university resources or a fair and sustainable work situation for Illinois graduate students. Your tip of the week for this week, to track actual work hours carefully on a spread sheet, is a good one, and if more people did this in communication with their departmental peers, fewer graduate students would wind up feeling isolated and desperate to hang on to their tuition waivers by meekly working often excessive overtime for free. I see this institution catering increasinly to the monied elite, with fewer and fewer low income students able to access higher educational opportunities. Multibillionaire Warren Buffet said “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning” (The New York Times, November 26, 2006). We are certainly engaged in class warfare here at the University of Illinois, and it is my class, the knowledge worker class, that is losing.

-Margaret Fitzpatrick

1 thought on “Strike Reflections”

  1. Right on, Ms. Fitzpatrick. I am proud that you stood up for your rights and those of your co-workers.

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