Here is a letter to the editor in the Daily Illini opposing the strike:
Do Not Support the Strike
Here's my analysis of this argument:
1. The claim about graduate students "colluding to gain market power" doesn't make a lot of sense. By exactly the same logic, one could claim that the university itself consists of a lot of separate employers of graduate students (namely the individual professors) that are "colluding" into one administration to negotiate. So why is that not "market power?" Why is it "collusion" from one side but not from the other?
2. The statement about "if the university paid below the market rate, students would be attracted to other universities, so they would be forced to raise it" makes sense, but that's exactly the point of the strike. The students aren't willing to work for the wage they are being given, so they're going to refuse to work for that wage. That's exactly how the market is supposed to work, isn't it?
3. The statement about "the benefits come to ... those with political clout" doesn't make sense either. The students are asking for wage and benefit increases across the board - as far as I'm aware, they're not asking for any special favors for anyone with "political clout".