March 11th, 2015
When Sara Duvisac, a PhD candidate at New York University, slipped on
ice and busted three front teeth, it cost $6,000 to put her mouth back
together. Her NYU health plan did not include dental, so Duvisac drained
her savings. With no money to fund her summer research in India, she
instead took a second summer job to make ends meet.
“It was a pretty traumatic fall, and not having dental coverage only added to the trauma,” she told The Nation.
On Monday, Duvisac rallied with a crowd of over fifty graduate
students outside the negotiating room as NYU’s Graduate Students
Organizing Committee (GSOC)—the only union for private-school graduate
workers in the country—struck a deal for higher wages, expanded
healthcare (including dental) and extended benefits for the nearly 1,000
students represented by the union.