By Rebecca Glade, Ki Young Kim, Dilip Ravindran, Colleen Baublitz, Katy Swartz, Rosemarie Murray, and Miles Richardson
Last month, teaching and research assistants across campus accomplished what few thought we could: Our union began collective bargaining with Columbia University. Like most first contract negotiations, it’s been a slow process. Our Bargaining Committee articulated our goals—which were ratified by our membership with 91 percent of the vote—in our first bargaining session with the University on Feb. 25. Both parties agreed to meet again on March 6, only to have Columbia cancel at the last minute....
In the past two weeks, we have witnessed a toxic national conversation about sexual assault. We watched and listened as a woman came forward under duress to testify that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had assaulted her when they were in high school....