By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 1,000 New York University graduate students are on strike as their union bargains a new contract with the university.

They’re demanding higher wages, better health care and tuition relief.

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Students have stopped doing their work, which includes assistant teaching and grading papers.

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“On hourly wages, for this entire time, for 10 months they’ve been offering $1 raises to hourly workers, and we know that’s not a living wage in New York City,” said Colin Vanderburg, a teaching assistant and Graduate Student Organizing Committee bargaining committee member.

NYU says its graduate employees are already paid $20 an hour, which is 15% more than their counterparts at other schools.

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In a statement, the school says both sides have agreed to mediation and that it “remains committed to continuing good-faith bargaining and looks forward to coming to terms on a fair contract.”

CBSNewYork Team