Early last week a group of graduate teachers from Yale decided to take part in a hunger strike in an effort to force the university to bargain with the worker’s union that they have recently become a part of.
The 8 graduate teachers are protesting for better benefits and perks while working at Yale University, a move which was made possible in February after the National Labor Relations Board ruled last year that employees teaching at private universities have the right to unionize.
Yale is challenging the union strategy of voting by individual departments, as opposed to the graduate school as a whole, and has said the requests by Local 33-UNITE HERE for collective bargaining are premature.
Hundreds of graduate students and their supporters participated in a march Tuesday evening to the home of Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, and demonstrators announced that eight graduate students would begin a fast.
“I’ve been waiting for Yale to negotiate for four years. That doesn’t seem to matter to them,” said Aaron Greenberg, a union chairman who is among the hunger strikers.
Since these graduate teachers now have the ability to unionize they have immediately decided that their pay and benefits, which I imagines are vastly superior to what most American workers enjoy, are no longer satisfactory. The group started their protest last Tuesday, pegging it a “hunger strike”.
“Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away,” the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. “We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”
Yale doctoral students currently earn a stipend $30,000 a year, receive free health care, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full, according to Yale News. The university administration said in a statement that they understood the students concerns, but “strongly [urge] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so.”
For those unaware, these protesters are actually doctorate students who get paid to attend Yale along with a slew of other free benefits, supposedly for their contribution to the university and other students. And they wonder why average hard working Americans have lost all respect for higher education?
If you’re worried about these protesting teacher’s health being impacted by the hunger strike, fear not, as a pamphlet posted on Twitter advertised the hunger strike as “symbolic” and was seeking volunteers to swap out with protesters that need a break.
Yale’s College Republicans group was on site today to help the protesters get their daily nutrition a bit easier, as they held a cookout featuring barbeque meats and refreshments.
Yale College Republicans barbecuing by union fast site pic.twitter.com/qf687cckxB
— gabrielwinant (@gabrielwinant) April 28, 2017
Since the “hunger strike” protesters are taking breaks to eat, which doesn’t actually make this a hunger strike at all, I suppose the College Republicans decided to make their protest more enjoyable.
Friday, just feet away from the tent erected in Beinecke Plaza on Wall Street, where protesters have stayed for the past three days, the Yale College Republicans were serving up a meal of barbecued beef, baked beans and corn to its members and others in the Yale community.
As expected, leftist Social Justice Warriors were claiming the Republican’s acts were “cruel” and such a horrible thing to do to teachers going on a pretend hunger strike for more money as well as benefits/perks.
what an unnecessarily cruel thing to do https://t.co/nGLM406LGI
— Emma Roller (@emmaroller) April 29, 2017
However, most Twitter users found it quiet amusing, with one even noting how leftists have no problem with aborting unborn babies, yet they are “disgusted” by a barbeque.
— Jared (@jaredstill) April 29, 2017
Maybe the Yale CR are just providing support for the symbolic hunger strike, for when the strikers get hungry. https://t.co/rtN5SZU7xR
— Mo Mo (@molratty) April 29, 2017
If by “unnecessarily cruel” you mean “brilliant and harmless trolling.” https://t.co/oX5ZGY2cV9
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) April 29, 2017
I have a feeling that the teachers from Yale will only be receiving sympathy from their fellow privileged upper class peers, as America’s working class could only dream of getting a fraction of the pay/benefits that these professors are already receiving.
On a positive note, at least while these professors are striking they won’t be in the classrooms doing more damage to America’s youth by spreading their leftist philosophies and anti-American beliefs.