A group of University of Missouri-Columbia graduate students have threatened to walk out of class next week if the university doesn’t meet its demands for improved benefits for student workers.
The demands come in response to the university’s announcement that graduate assistants would no longer receive subsidies to pay for health insurance.
The group is called the Forum on Graduate Rights. Members say they are over 1,200 strong and include graduate teaching and research assistants, faculty and alumni.
They are demanding the university restore the health insurance subsidies to students by the spring semester, provide more affordable housing and childcare facilities and guarantee no graduate student earns below the federal poverty line.