> I don't want to sound dismissive, for I do think that grad student
> unionization is a positive development, but I am also convinced that it is
> not the center of the revitalization of American labor -- at its best, it
> offers a lot of ideas and energy for the union movement in higher education.
Do you know anything about grad unions? Work with one? Know any activists? Do you realize how important it is that (1) high-tech temp workers, even those with degrees, can be organized, and (2) are gaining the experience and tools to go on to radicalize their professions? Your vision of unionism is confined to a narrow vision of high school teachers fighting to gain the professional respect of, say, engineers. The point is that the white collars and blue collars don't matter any more: we're all grey-collar workers, slaving away on cubicle farms for the benefit of Wall Street rentiers.