Good god people on this site are a bunch of paranoiacs.
Seriously, WHO is out to get you?
No one, no one gives a shit about you. The world doesn't owe you anything, and you chose to came here. You are not subaltern, you are not in a gulag, you are a bunch of privileged elitists with such a good life than you can't help but find something to complain about.
I realize that this is your first time in a union, but just because you don't something that is basically industry standard that is going to help you in the long run you pretend like your fingers are getting caught in the die-press.
Get over yourselves and be glad that you don't have real problems to worry about.
"Regain the parts of your life that have suffered" (not a direct quote). Jesus, seriously...this is graduate school. It's supposed to be hard work...not everyone is supposed to be able to do it. Rise to the challenge, better yourselves because of it. And, if you have to fight...fight for the money issues, not the bullshit workload issues.
Grow up and stop acting like a bunch of whiny, spoiled children. You're supposed to be adults.