When is a hunger strike not a hunger strike? Yale grad students answer that question

When is a hunger strike not a hunger strike? Yale grad students answer that question
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“A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits,” The Washington Free Beacon notes, adding, “The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.”

Just one small problem. Strikers are free to eat when they get hungry:

According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a  former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on.

 What’s more is that the union that the students joined in February, UNITE HERE, already provides them with pretty generous benefits including a 30,000-a-year stipend. free health care, and free tuition (valued at $40,000 per annum).

Anyway, as a means to dramatizing the strike, the union created a video, which appears on its Facebook page, embedded below for your convenience.

The administration, meantime, is unaware that hunger strike is not for real and released a statement “strongly [urging] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so.”

Yeah, they’ll get fat.


Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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