BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | As New Yorkers spent Wednesday prepping for a holiday of turkeys, football games and food comas, another unwelcome holiday was being observed in Greenwich Village. Part-time faculty at The New School were observing “Strikesgiving” as they finished the first week of protesting pay and working conditions.
The faculty, United Auto Workers members and other locals, had been bargaining for better cost-of-living raises. But union organizers said the school discontinued negotiations days earlier after failing to reach a consensus.
After hours of marching and chanting in front of the University Center building on Fifth Avenue at 14th Street, the protesters seemed as energized as if it was their first day on the picket line. They carried signs reading, “The New School’s Offer F—” and “New School — Same Corporate Greed.”
Meanwhile on the Left Coast, tens of thousands of academic workers and students at the University of California entered the second week of striking for higher pay and better healthcare benefits. And across the pond in England, tens of thousands of educators and postal workers just started striking for better pay.