University of Illinois-Chicago graduate workers recently went on strike over high student fees, poverty wages, and the corporate higher education model. After nearly three weeks, they won.
Jeff Schuhrke is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the co-president of the Graduate Employees Organization, AFT Local 6297.
What will the landscape for public-sector workers look like after Janus? The University of Illinois-Chicago is seeing what it can get away with — but campus unions are meeting the attacks with more militancy.
"The workers and the boss have nothing in common. It is a class question."
Like their counterparts in K-12, academic workers in public higher ed have organized to challenge austerity.