The grievances that have spurred the strike are specific to higher ed, but the general line of attack from UC administrators is one that workers experience everywhere.

National Student Power Convergence
Below is a reportback from Sara Fitouri, Denver-based organizer with COSPA, the Colorado Student Power Alliance. From August 1st - 5th more than 300 youth from around the nation converged in Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend of radical thought, workshops including anti-oppression and direct action trainings, and reporting back on a year of work in their home states.
To great establishment fanfare, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act has now passed both Houses of Congress, and should be signed by President Obama shortly. Here's precisely how screwed students are. UPDATE: President Obama has signed the bill.
Today we learned that current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will be tapped as the new President of the University of California system. In many ways, the UC red carpet has long been rolled out for her.
Look, anyone who reads this blog (or follows me on Twitter, hint hint) knows I'm not a big fan of diverting organizing capacity toward legislative vehicles, let alone elections. We can't legislate or elect our way to a more democratic society, nor to a stronger student and youth movement. That being said...
Cooper Union's current student occupation is as unique as the institution itself. And the opportunities it holds are immense.