We are excited to inform you that our contract campaign is in full swing after these 2 past weeks of organizing for our historic strike authorization vote. Here are the headlines:
- 🗳️ 962 postdocs & associate researchers voted in our strike authorization vote – our highest participation since the 2018 vote to form our union!
- ✅ 97.56% of union members VOTED YES to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike if there is not enough progress towards our contract demands
- ✍️ In addition, over 130 new members have signed a membership card to officially join our union since bargaining started, greatly building our power (haven’t signed yet? Do it here!)
What is next?
- Wednesday August 30th at 6.30pm we will have our monthly membership meeting, in which we will discuss next steps including bargaining updates and if/when/how we would consider a strike
- On Thursday August 31st starting at 10am (current location is Studebaker but trying to move it to CUIMC) – we will have our 19th bargaining session. Our team will present the results of the vote and let Columbia admin know that we are ready and willing to truly fight for our demands.
Where are we in bargaining?
We are expecting a response from the Columbia administration in the few articles left to finalize. These are:
1.- Compensation (new minimum salaries and yearly raises),
2.- Benefits (including a housing stipend and the hardship fund to cover medical emergencies),
3.- Child Care benefits,
4.- Appointments (covering who is included in our union and will receive all benefits of our new contract and whether Fellows will have full employment status) and
5.- Duration of our next contract – which we will win next!
While we continue our fight for key economic topics, it’s also important to remember that we have come a long way with important victories for our new contract (like $1,250 towards covering Visa renewal costs, neutral arbitration in cases of bullying and venues to improve IP/authorship rights & DEI during the life of the contract).
This campaign is possible thanks to hundreds of postdocs and Associate researchers building our union, reaching out to coworkers, engaging in meetings and rallies, petitions and events. Every vote in the SAV, every new member, and every conversation about our union builds our collective power and moves us closer to the contract we deserve. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Bargaining Committee and Elections Committee, we would like to sincerely thank everyone for their ongoing time and efforts in this contract campaign! We hope you share the energy and excitement we feel at this moment, as we continue to use our strength to finish this campaign with a contract that recognizes our efforts, value and experience.
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CPW Organizing committee & Organizers
Panos Oikonomou, Associate researcher in Biological Sciences
Michael Mauro, postdoc in Pathology and Cell Biology
Thomas Donoghue, postdoc in Biomedical Engineering
Álvaro Cuesta-Domínguez, Associate researcher in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Elsy El Khoury, postdoc in Chemistry
Jatan Buch, postdoc at Earth and Environmental Engineering
Bill Glassford, Associate researcher in Zuckerman Institute
Jinqiu Lu, postdoc in Medicine – Hematology and Oncology
Marti Cadena Sandoval, postdoc in Pathology and Cell Biology
Nachi Kamatkar, postdoc Fellow in Medicine – Preventive Medicine
Josue Curto Navarro, postdoc in Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mark He, postdoc in Biostatistics
Matt Jerram, postdoc in Geochemistry
Tanguy Lucas, postdoc in Zuckerman Institute
Sreeharsha Gurrapu, Associate researcher in Genetics
Jeff Johnston, postdoc in Zuckerman Institute
Rosie Cater, Associate researcher in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Giulia Zanni, Psychiatry
Rossella Labella, postdoc in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Oriol Bover Centelles, postdoc in Medicine – Pulmonary
Tania Wong, Associate researcher in Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases
Laura Xicota Vila, Associate researcher in Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
Rachel Gonzalez, postdoc fellow in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
Martina Proietti Onori, postdoc in Zuckerman Institute
Anna K. Yoney, postdoc in Department of Genetics and Medicine
Syed M. Shoiab Bukhari, Associate researcher in Medicine – Immunology
Samantha Plummer, Associate researcher in the Justice Lab
Gan Zhou, postdoc in Dental Medicine
Chiara Camillo, Associate researcher in Surgery
Astrid Deryckere, postdoc Fellow in Biological Sciences
CPW Bargaining committee
Cora Bergantiños-Crespo, previous Associate researcher in Genetics and Development
Enrica Calzoni, previous postdoc in Pediatrics
Erica Rodriguez, postdoc Fellow in Zuckerman Institute
Fede Amoedo, Associate researcher in Neurology
Georgia Ntermentzaki, Associate researcher in Systems Biology
PJ Brun, Associate researcher in Medicine – Preventive Medicine
Rafa Gras, Associate researcher in Medicine – Nephrology
Stefano Cataldi, Associate researcher in Psychiatry
Sumaira Zamurrad, postdoc fellow in Zuckerman Institute
Thiago Arzua, postdoc in Zuckerman Institute
CPW-UAW Elections Committee
John Christin, postdoc in Medicine – Hematology and Oncology
Camilo Duarte, postdoc in Mechanical Engineering
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