A Yale Strike Dossier examines the uneasy coexistence of labor unions and the administration of Yale University. Inspired by the strike during the winter of 1995–96 and creating a context in which that event can be discussed, this special issue of Social Text focuses on the relationship between the university and its teaching assistants and service workers.
The Yale Corporation, the university’s equivalent to a board of trustees, has been in conflict with its employees and their unions for decades. While partially blaming general economic trends for what they regard as the inhumane system at Yale, contributors to this collection explore the connection between big business and a large university as well as Yale’s choice to operate in a nontraditional, corporate style. An unprecedented collection of essays, this volume provides an in-depth discussion of the history and politics of Yale’s most visible campus conflict.
Contributors. Michael Bérubé, Barbara Ehrenreich, Robin D. G. Kelley, Duncan Kennedy, Cary Nelson, Kathy Newman, Corey Robin, Andrew Ross, Michelle Stephens, John Wilhelm, Rick Wolff