Tag: Graduate Workers

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 on strike. Instead of teaching, grading papers and performing research during the last week of classes, Teaching and Research Assistants across campus are walking picket lines. Picket times and locations are as listed, and press is welcome. Tuesday 4/24: 10am to 3pm (Low) Wednesday 4/25: ... Read more

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 letter to President Lee Bollinger, workers demanded that the university declare its intention to begin bargaining by 10 am on April 24. If the university continues to defy both labor law and the democratic voice of its workers, and does not agree to bargain by that deadline, graduate workers will ... 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

Senator Bernie Sanders weighs in for graduate workers as they rally across the country

Senator Bernie Sanders sent letters to the presidents of Harvard, Columbia and Boston College today as graduate workers rallied across the country: “To my mind, it would be a huge mistake to attempt to roll back these workers’ right to organize.” Boston, MA – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent letters to the presidents of three major universities today asking them to “support the legal rights of research and teaching assistants to form unions and bargain in good faith with them.” Graduate workers across the country rallied today to protest managers at these universities and others who have embraced the Trump ... Read more

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 to bargain a strong contract that prioritizes a fair, safe and respectful working environment. Today, the National Labor Relations Board’s Brooklyn office upheld graduate workers’ election in December to choose Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers (GWC-UAW) as their union. In her ruling, Hearing Officer ... Read more

UAW Graduate Workers and Harvard Reach Historic Union Election Agreement

Union and university will avoid litigation and move swiftly to NLRB election BOSTON – Today, Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSU-UAW) filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a union election amongst Harvard’s 3,500 teaching and research assistants. In an election agreement signed earlier in the day, HGSU-UAW and Harvard University agreed on a complete election process avoiding lengthy delays that often occur at the NLRB. The election will take place on Nov. 16 and 17, 2016. “We have been working hard for the past year building our union in anticipation that the NLRB would restore our ... Read more

Members of Congress Call for Fair and Free Elections, Champion TAs’ and RAs’ Right to Collective Bargaining

Community Petition Urging University Administrators to End Their Anti-Union Campaign Gains Momentum  NEW YORK – As support for graduate workers’ right to collective bargaining builds nationwide, more than 60 members of Congress today issued a statement urging Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and other university administrators in support of fair and free union elections. U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott and Jerrold Nadler along with dozens of other congressional leaders applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision to restore the rights of teaching assistants and research assistants to bargain collectively. “Collective bargaining between university administrators and the representatives chosen by TAs ... Read more

Graduate Workers Win UNION Rights in Landmark Labor Ruling

With UAW support, Columbia University and The New School graduate workers win cases at NLRB, restoring union rights for teaching and research assistants  Graduate workers’ cases break open possibility for higher education unions coast to coast Workers and supporters call on university administrations to respect fair, democratic elections NEW YORK – Graduate workers at Columbia University and at private universities across the country including Harvard University and The New School won back their union rights in a sweeping decision today by the National Labor Relations Board. With support for graduate workers’ rights at unprecedented levels nationwide, the Board issued today’s ... Read more

Columbia Graduate Workers Win Parental Leave, Childcare Subsidies, Other Changes from Administration

Graduate workers, who have been organizing for the past year, welcome recognition of needed changes from the Provost, Dean of Engineering NEW YORK – In a rare email to Ph.D. candidates, Columbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth announced a number of changes to improve workplace benefits for many graduate workers.  The announcement – which includes parental leave, childcare subsidies and changes in fees – comes as graduate workers have been joining together to fight for respect and their rights as Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW). The announcement answers calls for change the group has been raising and builds on previous ... Read more