This Sacramento Bee editorial, in speaking to what is the largest strike in US public university history underscores these points:
Universities across the country rely on low-wage, part-time, temporary workers, often construing student workers and postdocs as trainees or apprentices to justify low-quality employment. But the system these workers are supposedly being apprenticed into is broken. Despite their hard-won expertise, graduate students and postdocs look forward to a market made up mostly of adjunct faculty gigs that don’t provide health benefits or enough pay to cover their student loans.
American colleges and universities are failing their workers.
UC strike: Here’s what’s at stake in America’s largest ever higher education labor action