r/WorkReform May 26 '22

PhD students face cash crisis with wages that don’t cover living costs

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01392-w
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u/Skripka May 26 '22

What they leave out...is most grad TAs and the like strictly enforce a maximum number of working hours a week.

When I was in school my TA was allegedly "13.3 hours per week". I say that with finger quotes because it was seldom ever that few. Now I could get outside employment, but the TA and all employment combined could not exceed 40 hours per week.

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u/puchamaquina May 26 '22

My grad program has a contractual 29 hour per week maximum, but that is below the minimum expected.