Inside Higher Education
The video had the same amateur quality as those that circulate on YouTube and other Internet sites. Set to the lyrics of Were Not Going to Take It, a handheld camera followed friends of the graduate student unionization movement to a New York University alumni fund-raising event this past year that featured the unions public enemy of the moment, NYU President John Sexton.
The party crashers did their best to disrupt the function, and the roughly 100 labor organizers from around the country who watched the screening on Friday - some of whom appeared in the footage - cheered the effort. If that was'nt enough to stir the audience at the start of the 15th annual Coalition of Graduate Employees Union conference, in Philadelphia, former Yale University graduate student Carlos Aramayos challenge to his brothers and sisters set the tone.
"University administrators are trying to put together a national message, and we havent been good enough in pushing our movement," said Aramayo, a representative from Graduate Employees and Student Organization at Yale.
The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.