This whole union strike by the graduate assistants here at NYU is RIDICULOUS!
I am a member of Actors Equity Association, I’ve been part of strikes, I believe in NOT crossing picket lines, I am about as Pro-union as it gets.
But I cannot endorse the current GA strike against NYU.
1) the graduate students have to pay union dues, and receive NO benefits from them. NYU pays all of their health insurance.
2) in order for a person to become vested in their pension, one usually needs to invest 5 years to the union. Um, Grad school is only 3 years long (for most people…)
3) after graduation, there will be NO work for them within the AUTO WORKERS union.
4) they are students, they applied to NYU to learn and get a degree, not to be a union member.
I could go on, and I’m sure there are TONS of folks out there who would disagree with me. Please share your views, honestly, I’m curious to hear something that could change my mind. As I said before I’m WAY PRO UNION. but this is not the way to go. there are other ways for them to get their needs met.