Look for the Union Grader

When she entered graduate school at UCLA five years ago to pursue a Ph.D. in English, Connie Razza, 26, hardly expected to be a campus activist. But she also didn't expect a workload like this: for one undergraduate literature course this semester, Razza gives lectures, runs a discussion section, grades papers and exams, and holds office hours in a basement room where 40 other teaching assistants share 29 desks and one computer. For 30 hours a week of such labor, she earns about $1,400 a month--which doesn't even cover her rent, tuition, books and car payments. "It's not really part of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!