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Wash. U. Hunger Strike Ends; Sit-In Continues

Students at the sit-in (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)


St. Louis, MO – A six-day hunger strike by some Washington University students ended Sunday, after Chancellor Mark Wrighton agreed to meet with them three times this week.

But while the hunger strike is over, the sit-in at the campus admissions office continues. Eleven students later launched a hunger strike, on April 4.

All the actions are aimed at getting union representation, and ultimately better pay and benefits for 500 contract workers.

The Washington University protest coincides with similar ones at other universities nationwide. Students at University of Missouri-Kansas City protested last week against rising tuition costs and part-time faculty pay. And students at Yale, Columbia, and Amherst are expected to stage protests this week.


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