Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Isn't That the Point?

There are two new interesting articles from the Washington Square News today. One of them reports on classes being canceled as a result of the strike. Some of the students interviewed were pissed about wasted money; others were "...worried that assignments will not be graded while the TA is on strike. '[Professor of Economics Alberto] Bisin is a really big professor,' she said. 'I don’t think he has time to grade our problem sets and things like that.'"

The second article reports on picketing noise complaints. Despite the inconvenience incurred by neighbors and students, striking GAs have not violated the city's noise code, according to the police, and are within their rights to chant, drum, and whistle away.

I have two things to say in response to the complaints about canceled classes and excessive noise:

1) That's the whole point of a strike! Effective strikes call attention to the issue at hand by creating social and economic costs for stakeholders. NYU has a vast arsenal of political and economic resources it can bring to bear in this dispute to assert its institutional power. Relatively speaking, GAs are resource-poor, and are forced to trade in on their most fundamental group resource: their labor power. And their bucket drums and whistles, of course. We are winning our battle with the administration if the residents, undergrads, and faculty are unhappy with the current situation (as they should be).

2) Tell it to Sexton. Please! john.sexton@nyu.edu

2 Comments:

Blogger Eric Prindle said...

My rant about the noise complaints is here.

11/16/2005 10:54 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

Thanks, Eric. At what hasn't been said in all this talk about the "noise" is, how terrific are our drummers??? The beats are infectious; I've even caught the cops dancing to it every now and again.

11/16/2005 11:11 PM  

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