The devil is in the details 

So a bunch of graduate student TAs and RAs at Yale and Columbia are going on strike.

Unfortunately, the story leaves out one rather important piece of information -- the number of hours these TAs and RAs work. The stipends are in the $17,000 - $25,000 range. If it's one or two classes per year, this is a pretty good deal. If it's four discussion sections per semester or 50 hours/week in the lab working on a professor's research (as opposed to the student's own doctoral research), it's a pittance.


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