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Student group urges campuswide strike at IU of funding cuts

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:41 am

BLOOMINGTON – Indiana University students concerned about reductions in state funding for higher education and IU's management of programs are calling for an all-campus strike in April in protest.

A group called Student Power IU has been meeting to discuss concerns and is urging the action during the university trustees' meeting in Bloomington April 11-12.

Student Nick Greven told The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/11ORggd ) that the university community needs to make it clear to state lawmakers that IU can't sustain itself as a high-quality institution if state funding for higher education continues to drop.

Student Power's blog site says the proposed strike is a response to rising tuition, racism on campus and "attacks on working conditions" for IU staff and faculty.

IU spokesman Mark Land said the university was aware of the group's meetings but declined further comment.

Peter Kaczmarczyk, past president of the Communications Workers of America Local 4730, said the group was monitoring the strike initiative but was not involved with the proposal.

He said the union has told its members that they risk being fired if they participate in any meetings to discuss a possible strike.