Right now in the physic departement we have a small, but important conflict between the directors and the graduate student. The problem comes from the cut in the departement budget from the smaller number of inscription every year (all science are suffering from this which is another bad sign for our society). Now last december the departement signed contract with many student to have them as teaching assistant in class, however the departement signed them before knowing how many student they would be and how much money they would have to pay them based on previous years expectation. Now this year is very peculiar as we have a dramatic reduction in student for some class, meaning that the departement now find itself in the position of lacking money for all the contract it signed. Now most student do not mind having their our cut somewhat, however one student did not. He went to the departement director and basicly told him something like: "Sorry you signed a contract and I want that money." If it had stoped there we wouldn't have a problem but instead the director send a mail out to every graduated student saying: "If you try to keep your legal right you won't get any more job from the departement ever".
Needless to say that didn't go very well with the grad student, so we asked him to meet with us to discuss alternative to his cut. The answer: "Since you informed the teachers and undergrad of the situation I won't talk to you and they will not be any more TA ever." For me that a bad news since I need the money from my TA jobs. I find the director reactor to be kind of childish and right now I am wondering how this thing will be solved. Apparently the teachers agree with the director decision but that for the moment just a rumor.