Come to Bargaining at UCLA!

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It’s bargaining day at UCLA! It is absolutely essential that workers come out for this.

There are so many good reasons. We have to show that workers stand behind the union and the demands. We have to show that we’re active and present. We have to show that we’re willing to fight.

But more than that, this is one of the few opportunities that you will ever have to tell your boss exactly how you feel and just how fucking awful they are, so that they understand there will be consequences. They just have to sit there and take it. There are few things greater than that.

Just don’t come and try to reason with them and explain your situation. They don’t care, and nothing can feel more disempowering, alienating, and humiliating than asking people who hold power over you and feel nothing but indifference or contempt for your life to “understand” so they can feign concern for 30 seconds in response to your real problems.

Seriously, they love that shit. They love to hear the sounds of employees begging and reasoning. Nothing is more reassuring to them than watching grad students still stuck in a mode of “reasonable discourse.” Nothing makes them chuckle more in the break room than the painful details of your personal story. You might as well just open your veins and let them drink directly from your body.

Instead…

Let ’em know you’re fed up. Let ’em know you know what they are and what they are doing. Let ’em know that you won’t take that shit. Let ’em know just what racist and misogynist tools they are. Let ’em hear your righteous indignation and your laughter when they squirm and rationalize and deflect. And make them understand through your clear and unapologetic anger that the crisis of our lives is going to become a crisis for them lest they change their ways.

April 19th (today)
UCLA Tennis Center
555 Westwood Plaza
Straus Clubhouse
10AM-4PM, with 12PM being the best time to show up.

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Graduate Worker 101! New from PhD Comix!

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Reader reviews on the latest knee-slapper from PhD Comix:

“Lacking a serious engagement with Lacan.”

Whoa buddy! Them PhD Comix sure is good! LOL! Nothing like knowing I’m not alone in hell to get me through yet another night! LOL.”

“I don’t get it. My work is my life. My advisors help me with my work. Just a few more years of this and then I move for a post-doc. A few more years of a post-doc and then I move for a part-time teaching spot. A few more years of part-timing it, probably only a few for me, and it’s time for another sweet move to start the tenure track. A few more years on the tenure track and it’s all gravy from there on out. Gravy.”

OMG LOL! It me. LOL!

This is fine.

I DON’T FIND THIS FUNNY. FIRST OF ALL I AM REALLY SPECIAL AND SMART, TEACHER SAID SO. SECOND OF ALL WE ARE SO PRIVILEGED TO BE IN THIS PLACE. SHOW SOME GRATITUDE. IF IT WERE EASY EVERYBODY WOULD DO IT. MAYBE TRY WORKING HARDER? YOU WON’T BE LAUGHING WHEN I HAVE ALL THE GOLD STARS, WAU!” 

 

TOP SECRET LEAK! Management Program Revealed!

Seems like everything is being automated these days, including university management of challenges from students and workers.

WAU’s very own daring spy unit (Rosenberg’s Revenge) has discovered that management is running the university with the help of a computer program. At great risk to their own safety our spies were able to forward this screenshot so we could share it with you.

Truly shocking. Your tuition dollars at work, friends.

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