48,000 academic workers shut down classes and labs in the first week of this strike. A great deal of the reason for the strike is low pay, as usual. But specifically, the cost of high rent is eating up close to half of workers’ wages. Many workers are sleeping in their cars or couch-surfing to avoid paying rent. As is virtually always the case with Labor Notes, writers discuss HOW the workers organized so that 48,000 of them can move as a single unit.