We are excited to have presented our open letter for stronger protections against sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination to the Columbia administration, signed by a majority of Postdoctoral and Associate Researchers and by a majority of the members of the Graduate Workers.
One of the many reasons both unions overwhelmingly voted to unionize was to have a voice in how Columbia address problems of harassment and discrimination, as this strong demonstration of support from a majority of academic workers at Columbia shows. We aim to work toward the elimination of discrimination and harassment, as well as establish adequate processes to ensure that survivors of harassment and bullying can achieve justice, making Columbia a more equitable, fair and competitive institution. Read our open letter here.
As we continue negotiations with the Columbia adminstration, the bargaining committee, in collaboration with Postdoc/ARS working groups, will prepare specific proposals that address each of these goals using feedback from bargaining surveys filled out by a majority of Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists. Please, continue to send any additional feedback, to guide us as we develop concrete contract language on all of these topics through negotiations with Columbia.
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