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Northeastern Students Protest for Higher Wages Disrupted Green Line



    Northeastern Students Protest for Higher Wages Disrupted Green Line

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015)

    The MBTA suspended service on part of the Green Line's E branch Tuesday due to protesting Northeastern University students.

    Normal service resumed after about an hour of interruptions. 

    After a short rally in front of President Joseph E. Aoun's office, Northeastern students and community members blocked the Green Line at the Northeastern T stop to call attention to the unjust treatment of adjunct faculty by the university. 

    The adjuncts, an estimated 800 in all, say they teach about 15 percent of the day classes and up to 60 percent of the night classes, and they’re fighting for better pay, office space, and there are several scheduling issues.

    Workers, students and community members gathered in support. For students, it’s the latest in a string of moves including sit-ins and letter campaigns to try and draw attention to the battle between adjuncts and the administration.

    At the same time, fast food workers had been protesting Tuesday in Boston, and across the nation, in an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

    A joint protest could be seen in the streets of Boston.

    Northeastern released the following statement: 

    "Like any great university, Northeastern is committed to the free and open exchange of ideas. We respect the organizing rights of members of our community, and we continue to bargain in good faith with part-time faculty to reach an agreement that benefits our entire university community."

    Students blocked the Green Line for about 25 minutes before police had them move off the tracks. There were no arrests.

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