Yale Students Hold Hunger Strike Involving Them Eating—Because They’re Stupid.

[Yale union members marching | photo: Peter Hvizdak]
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The time-honored tradition of striking can sometimes be an effective practice—sometimes. When a pack of the Yale graduate-students union folks opted to buckle down and convey strength, they chose to protest via a hunger strike in front of Yale University President Peter Salovey’s house. Surely, that would gain them some effective-negotiation points.

[Yale graduate-faculty members of Local 33 Unite Here International Union and supporters on their way to protest in front of the New Haven (CT)-based home of the school president. | Photo: Peter Hvizdak/AP]
With all their possibly-would-be effective intentions, their plan was seemingly contradictory—i.e., if someone felt hunger pains coming on, they were allowed to go grab food. As shown in their strike brochure…

[Source: Twitter/Dimitri Halikias]

Yale Daily News had the details:

“Earlier this month, Local 33 (a subgroup of the international labor union, UNITE HERE) demanded that Yale begin labor negotiations on April 25. On April 21, 41 ballots in the Political Science and East Asian Languages and Literatures departments that were ‘under challenge’ with the National Labor Relations Board were thrown out. The decision brought the number of departments unionized via Local 33 in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from six to eight.”

In a statement to The News, University Spokesman Tom Conroy described Local 33’s bargaining request as premature and said the hunger strike was ‘unwarranted by the circumstances.’

‘The University cannot compel anyone to refrain from this activity but strongly urges that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so,’ Conroy said.”

In an interview with the media, Conroy said the following:

“Yesterday, on Beinecke Plaza, without seeking the required approval to hold a demonstration there, Local 33 erected a large tent-like structure as part of what it said would be an ongoing, indefinite protest. Structures are not permitted in that space, and the individuals who were demonstrating were notified today that it is in violation of University policy, jeopardizes the safety of the demonstrators and others, and needs to be removed.”

In no way should anyone be concerned about the students’ health—even with them attempting a shoddy protest. The Daily Caller learned “Yale provides doctoral students stipends of at least $30,000 and covers their entire health insurance, which totals almost $375,000 per student for six years.”


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