Striking Out at NYU

After a walkout by teaching assistants fails to achieve its goals, union leaders search for new tactics

When word got out last month that graduate teaching assistants at New York University were no longer on strike, it seemed like one of the most closely watched academic labor actions in recent years had evaporated into a fog.

"We're not on strike right now" was the way one union spokeswoman put it — a thoroughly de-emphasized confirmation of facts on the ground that