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Labor Voices: We are stronger together

It has been a privilege to serve as the president of the UAW for the past four years. Working together with the UAW’s dedicated officers, directors, assistant directors, staff, local union leaders and members, we have created a strong, stable and growing UAW. The Great Recession of the late 2000s created a perfect storm of challenges for the UAW, and membership fell to below 370,000 members by 2011. Operating dues also fell and we annually ran $30 million in the red. As a result, the strike and defense fund balance decreased significantly. But we have rebounded and we are stronger ... Read more

Harvard Student Workers Win Their Union, Join UAW

Successful vote is latest victory in growing grad worker union movement “We have been organizing for a long time,” said Niharika Singh, a Ph.D. student in Public Policy and a Teaching Fellow. “Winning our union today means we can finally start to make improvements to our working conditions. Our next step will be to democratically prioritize the changes we plan to bargain for.” “This has been an incredibly long haul, and we are so energized by this vote,” said Abraham Waldman, a Ph.D. student and Research Assistant in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department. “As hard as we worked to ... 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

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

Harvard Student Workers Win New Union Election

After weeks of hearings and deliberations, the NLRB in a report filed Wednesday affirmed that the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW’s concerns over Harvard’s list of eligible voters was valid and could lead to another election. In the report and recommendations of the NLRB hearing officer the NLRB wrote: “I find that the Employer has not substantially complied with the voter list requirements set forth in Section 102.62(d) of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. Accordingly, I recommend that [HGSU-UAW’s] objection be sustained and that, if a revised tally of ballots does not result in the Petitioner receiving a majority of the ... Read more

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 members of Congress, New York elected officials, community leaders, faculty and students, graduate workers at Columbia are the first in the country to form their union in the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s August ruling.   “Today, 3,500 RAs and TAs like me have ... Read more

Statement by UAW President Dennis Williams

Download a copy of the statement here Statement by Dennis Williams, President UAW I was asked by a graduate student at Harvard to elaborate on my comments from my recent press conference in which I stated that the UAW would work with the Administration to end trade deals that have destroyed lives and have destroyed the middle class. The UAW has in the past and will continue to oppose trade agreements that lack labor and environmental standards, because they encourage a race to the bottom and hurt all workers across the globe. I want to make clear as I did ... Read more

Harvard Graduate Workers Announce Majority Support for Union

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) moves forward in a highly-anticipated case that could restore graduate workers’ rights as employees, a majority of graduate workers at Harvard University have signed cards saying that they want to a form a union. In an official affirmation of this choice, the American Arbitration Association (AAA) confirmed a majority of graduate workers are supporting the formation of a union. Today, as support for graduate workers’ rights reaches unprecedented levels nationwide, hundreds of Harvard graduate workers, community supporters and local elected officials are calling on the university administration to stop blocking ... Read more