With the spring semester set to resume January 18th under the spectre of a disrupted campus, Columbia administrators offered a tentative agreement late Thursday.
“This school has nominally protective systems for harassment, (but) they're very often trying to protect the university...from bad press, and large financial settlements,” one Columbia graduate student said.
"It's not often that workers take their fate in their hands, and decide to put their hands together to fight for a better tomorrow."
Members are expected to vote on the deal Saturday morning.
"When you're standing on this line, you're not just asking for $1, you are asking for transformational change for your lives, over the lives of every food worker across this country."
“We believe that the school’s survival as a Quaker institution depends upon the immediate resolution of this conflict.”
Workers are organizing strikes across the country to demand better safety precautions.
Employees at several Brooklyn and Long Island Key Food locations haven't been allowed to go back to work, they say.
'When you have four to five patients, you say, ‘I’m going to concentrate on one kid, perhaps the sickest kid,’ and you tend to neglect the other patients. I feel horrible having to do that.'
This past week’s strike has been the biggest escalation in over a year and a half of conflict between the graduate workers' union and the Columbia administration.
Ten women explain in their own words what it meant to go on strike Wednesday in the name of women's rights.
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