Category: Organizing

UAW to Welcome 4,740 Academic Researchers in California

The UAW welcomed 4,740 employee Academic Researchers into the union earlier this week when project scientists, researchers, specialists and coordinators of public programs at the University of California voted to join the union. The California Public Relations Board verified that a majority of the Academic Researchers have chosen the UAW as their union. Pending any objections, the Board will certify the results after 15 days. “We welcome our new UAW members. The work our new UAW members do include groundbreaking research that makes the University of California one of the most respected public research universities in the world,” said Gary ... Read more

2,000 Columbia University Postdocs Vote to Unionize with UAW

Historic Vote Marks First Union of Postdocs at a Private University Adds to Huge Wave of Academic Workers Choosing UAW   Columbia University postdoctoral researchers announced Thursday that they’ve voted overwhelmingly to choose Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW-UAW) as their union. In a National Labor Relations Board election held Oct. 2 and 3, the vote to unionize with the UAW passed by a significant margin of 68%. The 2,000 postdocs and associate research scientists now look to begin bargaining for what would be the first union contract covering postdocs at a private university. Postdocs and associate research scientists are researchers who have earned a ... Read more

MGM National Harbor Dealers Vote to Join the UAW

On Monday, June 11, Dennis Williams announced to applause from the UAW Constitutional Convention hall that workers at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland had voted to form their union. The 950 table game dealers, poker dealers and dual rates will become the newest members of UAW Region 8. We congratulate these workers and welcome them to UAW!

Legal Services Workers Deserve Fair Wages Too

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 Graduate Student Union-UAW Applauds Harvard’s Decision to Bargain

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

Graduate Workers, Four Major Unions Launch Unprecedented National Campaign to Bring Private Universities to the Bargaining Table

AFT, SEIU, UAW and UNITE HERE join together to demand that university administrators respect majority votes for unionization instead of appealing to Trump’s Labor Board New York City – Graduate workers together with national leaders from four major unions and their allies delivered letters today to the presidents of Yale, Columbia, Boston College, the University of Chicago, and Loyola of Chicago in joint demands that the administrators honor recent democratic majority votes in favor of unionization. In each case, university administrators have refused to bargain and instead attempted to put the issue in the hands of Donald Trump’s National Labor ... Read more

150 Bon Appétit Employees Serving Employees of Airbnb Unite Through UAW

On Friday February 9, 2018, nearly 150 Bon Appétit Management Company food service employees working at Airbnb ratified a first time union contract with the UAW (United Automobile Workers). The agreement covers food service employees working at four Airbnb locations in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon. “The contract raises the bar for working people up and down the West Coast,” said Gary Jones, the Western Regional Director for the UAW. “We believe the dishwashers, servers and chefs working for Bon Appétit and serving Airbnb employees are now among the highest paid food service workers in California. This contract includes ... Read more

Huge Boost to Graduate Worker Movement as NLRB Certifies Columbia Union

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

NLRB Rules That Harvard Prevented a Free and Fair Union Election

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

Five Scary Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Have a Union

It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. Scary movie marathons are running nonstop, its getting dark earlier, and we even had a recent Friday the 13th! Something scary is in the air. While millions of Americans celebrate all things spooky this month, millions more face something very frightening: going to work every day without the protection of a union. Today, let’s take a look at five scary things you face when your workplace is non union. IF YOUR WORKPLACE IS NON-UNION… You are an “employee at will.” Your boss can discipline or fire you at any time for ... Read more