Earlier this semester, we wrote both an op-ed about why undergraduates should support the strike authorization vote and a petition in support of the graduate workers, which was signed by 250 students. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then. Although the strike authorization vote was a resounding success with 96 percent of the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers voting yes to authorize a strike in early March, the strike’s momentum has been severely disrupted by the escalation of a global pandemic that has thrown all of our lives into crisis....
Paid leave can stop the pandemic. Columbia’s policy lets it contract workers who are not guaranteed any.
Columbia has temporarily provided 10 paid workdays, on top of the city-wide 40 hours of sick paid leave, for emergencies that may arise due to the COVID-19 outbreak....
Members of the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers have voted 1,833 to 77 in favor of authorizing a strike in response to what union members have labeled as the University’s unsatisfactory approach to negotiating key bargaining points....
Columbia needs to stop gambling with the trauma of sexual harassment survivors at the bargaining table
While many undergraduate students may remember the tremendous struggle it took to finally get the Columbia administration to bargain with graduate workers, fewer know what has been happening at the bargaining table since then. As organizers with Student-Worker Solidarity, Barnard and Columbia’s United Students Against Sweatshops local, we have consistently collaborated and organized in solidarity with the graduate workers’ union....
Trigger warning for sexual violence.
As postdoctoral and associate researchers at Columbia, we know firsthand how inadequate compensation can undermine the quality of our work and inhibit the development of a truly equitable, qualified, and inclusive research community....
Three months out from strike deadline, University and union still at stalemate over key bargaining issues
Following almost two decades of back-and-forth for union recognition, Columbia announced its decision to negotiate with the Graduate Workers of Columbia in November 2018. Negotiations started in February 2019, proceeding the creation of a 10-point outline of the conditions for collective bargaining. Notably, the bargaining framework includes an impending deadline: a clause that prevents the union from striking until April 6, 2020....
Updated Oct. 17, 2:28 p.m.