Amid pandemic, graduate student workers are winning long-sought contracts

Stately and historic Power Street in Providence, Rhode Island, feels sedate at the busiest of times, but on a Friday in the midst of the pandemic it was as silent as a stopped clock.Then, over College Hill, came a scruffy caravan of vehicles hung with protest signs, blaring their horns and blasting the Woody Guthrie lyrics of the labor movement ballad “Union Maid.” (“I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.”)