Beyond the Picket Line: Academic Organizing after the Long NYU Strike : : Introduction to the Special Issue

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Michael Palm


After a wave of academic organizing victories over the past decade, including the formation of unions for adjunct professors as well graduate student employees at NYU, the 2005-06 strike by GSOC/UAW Local 2110 was followed closely by many observers of university life, and no shortage of commentators predicted that GSOC’s struggle at NYU would prove significant for the future of academic labor.  This special issue of Workplace presents some of the first scholarly and activist analyses of the strike and its implications, written by five graduate employees at NYU, all active GSOC members, and a member of CUNY’s faculty/grad union.

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