On April 24th, wearing a bright red T-shirt and a straw hat to keep the bright spring sunlight off her face, Kate Jackson marched back and forth in the picket line alongside over a thousand of her peers, leading them in the chant, “What do we want? Contracts! When do we want them? Now! If we don’t get it, shut it down!” A sixth year doctoral candidate in political science at Columbia University, Jackson ran for election to the Columbia Graduate Workers bargaining committee, she says, to put her training as a lawyer to good use.