So it appears there's cause for celebration and the impossible tale of the workers' rights protest at Koç University has had a surprise happy ending.
Nothing got signed though, because it had gotten too late at night. Apparently pens become heavier as the day wears on.
Then Rektör didn't show up at the appointed time the next morning to sign the documents as promised. Then the agreement got broken up into individual parts, leaving the issue of benefits and other work conditions up to the new subcontractors to agree to.
This was not good.
Then all of a sudden everyone agreed to everything and the workers are eligible to apply to the new contractors, with the understanding they would all get their old jobs and start work right away. The underdogs won.
I think I'll be working on figuring this one out for a long time.