CAMBRIDGE, MA — Student workers at Harvard University made history today, voting in favor of ratifying their first union contract. The one-year contract agreement with the university will improve pay and benefits for over 4,000 student workers, and guarantee health and safety protections in the midst of a pandemic. The contract strengthens protections for student workers against discrimination and harassment, including racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and includes new provisions aimed at increasing job security for international student workers. The contract is a major victory not only for the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW), which is the largest private-sector student ... Read more
UAW WELCOMES BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC EMPLOYEES UAW ADDS OVER 14,000 NEW MEMBERS SINCE AUGUST 2018 Eighty-two percent of workers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music voted to join the UAW last week joining UAW Local 2110. The administrative and cinema workers will now be able to bargain following reductions in benefits such as health care and 401(k) matching, and conversion of full-time jobs to part-time jobs among other issues. The 145 employees petitioned for an election in April. “We are here because we believe in BAM’s mission,” Jesse Trussell, a film programmer who helped organize at BAM, said ... Read more
The National Labor Relations Board announced today that there will be an election for Chattanooga VW workers to join the UAW on June 12,13 and 14. Chattanooga workers in the face of legal obstruction and anti-worker activity will now have the opportunity to vote on their union. Chattanooga workers remain the only VW workers in the world without union representation.
(Note: the actual approval date was December 10) The UAW bargaining team and Navistar have reached a proposed tentative agreement. Details will be released in meetings with membership in the coming days as part of the ratification process. Out of respect for our members the UAW will not release details until UAW Navistar members have had a chance to be fully informed and review the details in the proposed tentative agreement.
Boston – Led by State Senator Jamie Eldridge, a coalition of community, faith and labor leaders will deliver a petition signed by a majority of Boston College Graduate Student Employees, as well as more than 3,000 community, religious and political allies, to BC’s President Father Leahy Friday morning. The petition calls on Father Leahy and the Boston College Trustees to drop all discipline against graduate workers for union activity on campus and respect the majority vote for a union by bargaining with the union. Graduate student workers voted in favor of their union – the Boston College Graduate Employee Union ... Read more
New York City– Tuesday evening, a tentative agreement was reached between Student Employees of the New School (SENS) UAW and The New School on behalf of 700 Academic Student Workers. After fifteen months of bargaining, SENS UAW agreed to unanimously recommend this agreement to their membership in the following statement. (https://www.facebook.com/SENSUAW/) Highlights of the tentative agreement include higher minimum wage levels across all positions with annual increases thereafter, a full waiver of the University Services fee, a commitment to seriously look at childcare needs for all employees, a signing bonus of $300, and – for the first time – significant ... Read more
Collective bargaining rights should be common among all workers, and CAMBA legal services workers in New York who seek to join the UAW share a common goal of fair wages. If an agreement is reached and the new bargaining unit is recognized, staff attorneys and law graduates will bargain for fair wages and pay parity among other requests. The attorneys at CAMBA primarily represent indigent clients, many who are facing eviction, foreclosure, immigration issues, and consumer fraud in Brooklyn and Staten Island. They seek not only adequate compensation, but also pay parity among the attorneys who represent large corporations and ... Read more
Harvard’s Graduate Student Union (HGSU-UAW) applauded Harvard’s announcement today that they will honor the clear majority vote in favor of unionization, and move to bargain with the union. 56% of voters favored the union in an election that has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board. In an email to the Harvard community that went out on Tuesday, University Provost Alan M. Garber wrote: “In light of the outcome of the vote and the existing NLRB precedent, Harvard is prepared to begin good-faith negotiations, guided by our fundamental commitments as an academic institution.” “We applaud Harvard for doing the ... Read more
For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 Board rejects Columbia objections to December 2016 union vote and certifies GWC-UAW; workers call on administration to fulfill legal obligation to bargain with largest-ever graduate workers union at a private university WASHINGTON, DC—The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld an overwhelming December 2016 vote in favor of unionization and certified Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) as the union for 3,000 research and teaching assistants who work at the Ivy League school. GWC-UAW leaders immediately requested that the administration fulfil its legal obligation to start good-faith negotiations for a contract, which would cover ... Read more
Decision denies Harvard’s appeal to national board, clearing the path for a new fair election Cambridge, MA – This morning, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., denied Harvard’s challenge to the NLRB Regional Director’s decision, which ordered a new, fair election after it was confirmed that Harvard had left over 500 people off the list of eligible voters for the union election that was held last November. A copy of the order is attached. “This is another great victory for graduate workers in the UAW and a shot in the arm to this growing movement,” said UAW Region ... Read more