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Wed Nov 29, 2023, 12:24 PM Nov 2023

A Brief History of Student Movements at USC: From Organizing for Collective Action to Averting Labor Strikes [View all]

By Zachary Ellison
November 28, 2023

Today was supposed to be the day, had the University of Southern California (USC) and the Graduate Student Workers Organizing Committee-United Auto Workers (GSWOC-UAW) not reached a last minute deal yesterday  3,000 Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants and Assistant Lecturers would have gone on strike. Instead, after nearly a semester of negotiations, in the end the administration blinked and capitulated to the new union’s demands, the two major sticking points being wages and the creation of a separate grievance system for such workers in the case of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

USC had resisted the GSWOC’s demands for changes to the latter sphere of issues having not made a counterproposal in bargaining since mid-October. The GSWOC-UAW first organized in February having won by a 93% margin with a tally of 1,599 to 122. Earlier this semester, 1500 students signed the union’s United for Workplace Justice letter with 300 hand-delivering it to the USC administration in Bovard Hall with Los Angeles City Councilmember Nithya Raman giving “a powerful speech in support of the Union’s demands,” according to the GSWOC statement.

Link: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/p/part-47-a-brief-history-of-student

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