Student Workers of Columbia University on Strike, Week Three
With the end of the John Deere strike earlier this week, the Columbia student workers strike is now the largest strike action in the country. Three thousand workers, including undergraduate and graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University, are wrapping up the third week of their strike. Click here for today's schedule of events. (Photo by @jeremychiuu via @SW_Columbia).
The workers, members of UAW Local 2110, are still fighting for outstanding demands including arbitration for discrimination and harassment claims, higher compensation levels, and improved healthcare covering vision and dental care. While graduate student workers at Columbia are paid $5,500 to $18,000 below an annual living wage in NYC, Columbia's endowment earned 32.3 percent returns for the fiscal year of 2021, eclipsing both the 5.5 percent returns realized in fiscal year 2020 and the 9.9 percent 10-year returns—resulting in a total endowment value of $14.35 billion.