Stanford resident assistants on indefinite strike over COVID safety

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Resident assistants at Stanford University went on an indefinite strike on Thursday after the university failed to meet their demands, according to the Stanford Daily.

The student staff members live in 28 residence halls and called on Stanford to meet four main demands: provide a virtual option for in-person trainings (a demand that surfaced after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a training in person), increase pay, involvement in decision-making, and revise the university’s alcohol and drug policy.

Out of over 500 RAs that the university hires annually, only about 150 attended a training on Thursday morning, the first day of the strike. They have gone on strike about one week before students are scheduled to begin moving into their dorms.

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