7.0587 End of Israeli University Strike (1/40)

Wed, 30 Mar 1994 22:28:22 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0587. Wednesday, 30 Mar 1994.

Date: Wed, 23 Mar 1994 01:46:28 -0500 (EST)
From: Robert Kraft <kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
Subject: End of Israeli Univ Strike

Forwarded message:
> Date: Tue, 22 Mar 94 22:42 +0200
> From: <STONE@vms.huji.ac.il>
> Subject: Please post re Israeli Universities Strike
> I am very glad to report that the strike is now OVER! The
> reaching of an agreement was announced this morning, though
> I understand that there remain a few points for eventual
> clarification.
> The bottom line is that the strong and united stand taken
> by the Faculty has brought an amelioration of the conditions
> of underpayment from which we were suffering. I still cannot
> tell you whether I will actually, after almost 30 years at
> the University, make enough money to pay my monthly bills.
> I certainly will be closer to it.
> In the long run, the significance of this strike will be to
> stem a good part of the brain drain and also to bring about
> a change in the perception of University Faculty in
> the eyes of the government and the public.
> So, it is certainly a blow in the right direction for higher
> education in this country, though, of course, numerous and
> grave problems remain to be solved.
> I would like to express my thanks to colleagues and friends
> who sent messages of encouragement during what has been
> a very difficult time, and particularly to all those who
> saw fit to send to the government an expression of the
> gravity with which they viewed the short-sighted policy
> being followed.
> Michael Stone
> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
> P.S. For those who are interested, the strike lasted 73 or
> 74 days.