Congrats, Columbia University Graduate Workers!

“We are happy to announce that Columbia University has offered a historic pathway forward that “is intended to promote good-faith bargaining toward initial contracts” with Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW and Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW.   The proposed framework agreement that, if approved by the workers, would lead to bargaining for initial contracts starting in the winter. “We commend Columbia and believe

Columbia University Postdocs form union with UAW, petition NLRB for election; first private university postdoc effort expands growing academic union movement

NEW YORK CITY — A majority of the 2,000 postdoctoral researchers at Columbia University have formed a union and today filed a petition initiating the certification process with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “After hundreds of conversations, meetings and town halls across the university over the last year, we are excited to take this

Columbia Grad Workers Are on Strike

Sixteen months after graduate workers won a federally-certified union election, Columbia’s refusal to bargain sends workers to the picket lines New York City – After an overwhelming 93% strike authorization vote earlier this month, and after offering the university the choice to avoid a strike by coming to the bargaining table, Columbia graduate workers are

Columbia Workers Set Strike Deadline of April 24

Columbia Workers Set Strike Deadline of April 24 If Columbia administrators do not agree to bargain by 10 am on April 24, graduate workers across the campus will immediately go on strike  New York City – After an overwhelming 93% strike authorization vote last week, Columbia grad workers have set a strike deadline. In a

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

National Academies Face Growing Criticism for Appointing Columbia President to Chair Committee on Voting

Major pro-democracy activists join those questioning appointment while Bollinger refuses to respect results of overwhelming democratic unionization vote on his own campus New York City – A broad coalition of pro-Democracy activists sent a letter today to the National Academies’ Future of Voting committee expressing serious concerns over the appointment of Columbia President Lee Bollinger

What we saw at the March for Science

Photo by Sarah Joseph On Saturday, Earth Day, tens of thousands of people participated in the March for Science at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and numerous other cities across the U.S.  Among the participants in Washington were hundreds of UAW members who rallied behind the mission of the event and spent the day

NLRB Upholds Columbia Graduate Workers’ Overwhelming Vote for Union

Columbia Graduate Workers Call on Administration to Respect Democratic Vote and Join Efforts to Strengthen University   NEW YORK – Columbia University research assistants and teaching assistants – whose landmark case restored union rights for graduate workers nationwide – are calling on university administrators to join them at the table and begin their important work

Columbia University TAs and RAs vote overwhelmingly to join Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW

Graduate workers and supporters call on university administration to honor collective bargaining rights NEW YORK – Columbia University research assistants and teaching assistants – whose landmark case restored union rights for graduate workers nationwide – voted 1602 to 623 in favor of joining Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers Union (GWC-UAW). With broad-scale support from

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