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UC Santa Cruz fires 54 graduate students participating in months-long strike

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Termination letters were sent to those students protesting for a cost-of-living adjustment amid California’s housing crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/28/university-of-california-student-strike-fired

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The University of California, Santa Cruz, issued termination letters on Friday to 54 graduate students who have been waging a months-long strike for a cost-of-living-adjustment amid soaring rents.

The firings came as graduate students at the University of California, Davis, and University of California, Santa Barbara, began their own cost-of-living strikes in solidarity. One of their demands is that all UC Santa Cruz graduate workers who participated in strike activities be restored to full employment status.

The 54 UC Santa Cruz graduate students who received termination letters on Friday are just a fraction of the 233 graduate student instructors and teaching assistants who have refused to submit nearly 12,000 grades from the fall quarter since December.

This month, the students’ grading strike expanded, as teaching assistants refused all teaching duties and research assistants refused additional work...

 

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2 minutes ago, North London Rent Girl said:

Wow, and look at those policement, riot helmets? You're policing a protest by graduate students! This seems to be another case of people being punished - losing their jobs - for saying that something is wrong and campaigning for change. How oppressive.

Junior academia is especially oppressive these days, considering the long hours and temporary contracts.

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11 hours ago, Si1 said:

Junior academia is especially oppressive these days, considering the long hours and temporary contracts.

Yes. Even making the leap from postdoc to lecturer doesn't improve things much with lecturer salaries and job security as low as they are. Don't bring in grant money, bye bye. Doesn't help that just like everything else in the economy grant awards are now being concentrated into a smaller and smaller number of recipients, mostly older investigators with big labs and long track records. Probably not a good thing in terms of innovation to keep the same old labs turning out the same old stuff but the people deciding how the grants are allocated are mostly... older investigators.

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1 minute ago, Dorkins said:

Yes. Even making the leap from postdoc to lecturer doesn't improve things much with lecturer salaries and job security as low as they are. Don't bring in grant money, bye bye. Doesn't help that just like everything else in the economy grant awards are now being concentrated into a smaller and smaller number of recipients.

In the UK lecturer is a big step up in security from PostDoc, they'll still expect you to bring in the grants, but what job doesn't expect you to do so? Though mostly those who don't bring in money are just given all the rubbish admin jobs and never promoted rather than sacked.

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9 minutes ago, Dorkins said:

Yes. Even making the leap from postdoc to lecturer doesn't improve things much with lecturer salaries and job security as low as they are. Don't bring in grant money, bye bye. Doesn't help that just like everything else in the economy grant awards are now being concentrated into a smaller and smaller number of recipients, mostly older investigators with big labs and long track records. Probably not a good thing in terms of innovation to keep the same old labs turning out the same old stuff but the people deciding how the grants are allocated are mostly... older investigators.

Not that new. Einstein only got his PhD on the 4th attempt, largely due to clashing with the status quo.

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18 minutes ago, Tulip_mania said:

In the UK lecturer is a big step up in security from PostDoc, they'll still expect you to bring in the grants, but what job doesn't expect you to do so? Though mostly those who don't bring in money are just given all the rubbish admin jobs and never promoted rather than sacked.

Kings College London had a big clearout of junior lecturers in the 2010s when senior management was on some efficiency drive, then within a few years they ended up hiring lots of them in again.

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