Rally for reproductive justice Thursday, October 6th at Columbia Morningside Campus

As part of a national call, a coalition of workers and students at Barnard and Columbia is rallying for reproductive justice this comingThursday, October 6th.

Join us and over 30 schools from 20 States in a coordinated rally at noon at the Sundial, Columbia Morningside, at the center of the College Walk, to demand a federal law protecting the right to abortion care, women healthand gender affirming healthcare.

We ask that Columbia provides free abortion pills and childcare on all campuses, withdraw its institutional support from the proposed plan for a “feminist“ jail in Harlem, and keep the Red Ballon Preschool open. Read more and sign the petition here.

Help us make some noise! We want Columbia to listen to our demands.

For more details, including specific demands to Columbia, >>>>>> https://linktr.ee/cugsan

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

Update your mailing address by Tuesday to participate in a historical UAW election!

After the victory of the One Member referendum, the time for UAW members has arrived to cast the vote for the international leadership of UAW. Through our vote, we can make sure our international union continues growing in the academic sector, unionizing more postdocs and strengthening the voice of academic workers nationwide! 

Make sure you receive your ballot by mail updating your current address here. Deadline Tuesday October 4th

All UAW members can vote for the election of the President, three Vice Presidents, and the Secretary-Treasurer. Still undecided? Click here to watch recorded Forums of the candidates running.

In addition, we will also vote for the director for our region, 9A.We have partnered with Student Workers of Columbia–UAW Local 2710, and the Columbia Support Staff–UAW Local 2110 to conduct our own forum and to present to you the nominated Candidates for the position: Beverley Brakeman and Brandon Mancilla. 

Columbia University Region 9A candidate forum: 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT over Zoom (not sure you can make it? No worries, it will be recorded!). 

Over the next weeks, we will collectively determine the format and logistics of the forum and select the questions that will be asked. Here’s a  form to submit your questions to the candidates by Monday, October 3, 2022

Please keep an eye out for updates!

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

Recap membership meeting + support postdoc with unfair debt to Columbia

Nice seeing you at our last membership meeting! And mark your calendar for the next meeting on the 20th of October.

Here’s a recap on what was discussed:

  1. Action in support to a former member who has been asked for unjust payments linked to the enrollment to the American Language Program (ALP). Sign the petition!! Add your name here.
  1. Report and Q/A session from a member of UAW 2110 (Support staff at Columbia) on their current negotiations for their new contract underlying the importance of building power from members for a strong ground during the negotiations; 
  1. Our Bargaining Committee (BC) reported on the status of preparations for our upcoming contract negotiations. Great work has been done on identifying weaknesses and areas of improvement in the current contract, the next step is to put all of this in writing with proper legal language! MOST IMPORTANTLY (!!) The BC highlighted the need for help from people volunteering in topics-centered working groups (WG) to present a strong, unified and data-driven basis in support of our requests to Columbia for our new contract. Sign up here or reach out to postdoctunion@uaw4100.org and take part in the process. This is a call for help!! An email from the BC with more details on the WGs is cooking and will follow soon;
  1. Members voted to join other collective organizations throughout CU (e.g. student workers, RAs, support staff) in a national walkout on reproductive rights, the right to gender-affirming healthcare and sex education. The event will take place on Oct 6th keep an eye for more updates.
  1. Upcoming elections for UAW’s International Executive Board are near!!! Please >>>> make sure we have your current mailing address (update it here) so you can receive your ballot to cast a vote, and click here for upcoming events planned for you to meet and know more about the candidates

Got any question on one or all of the points of orders above? Reach out and let us know!! We’d beappy to answer and tell you more.

Last reminder: our next membership meeting will be on October 20th at 6:30pm. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

[RSVP] Membership meeting this Thursday + Upcoming elections for UAW International Executive Board

This coming Thursday we meet in person at CUMC and zoom at 6:30 pm for our September membership meeting!!

>>>>>>>>>>>RSVP here

Re: upcoming UAW national election, time to start gathering information to cast your vote! Here’s some livestream forums with candidates to UAW International Executive Board

If we have your correct mailing address, you should have received a postcard from UAW with information and dates on the election. If you have not, reach out to us so we can correct your address and communicate with you via mail.

Finally, our Local, along with other Columbia Locals, will request the candidates running for our Regional Director position attending a forum exclusively for our members with Q/A session from members. Stay tuned for more details on that and reach out if you want to  help us organize it.

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

[RSVP] September membership meeting: Thursday 09/22/22 at 6:30pm + Fill in Bargaining Survey

Our August membership meeting will take place on Thursday September 22nd at 6:30pm in hybrid mode: both in person at CUIMC [P&S room 12-406, RSVP for in person here] and on zoom [RSVP for zoom here]. 

At this meeting our Bargaining Committee will discuss the work done so far and next steps to continue building our contract demands

And also:

  • We’ll hear a report from a Bargaining Committee member from UAW-2110 currently in negotiations with Columbia University;
  • other priorities for our union, like the retirement petition, next steps to audit the financial status of the university, and discuss some grievances to defend our union and some postdocs unfairly treated by Columbia;
  • and we will have our monthly Finances and Executive Board reports.

AND TONIGHT AT 6pm!!

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

[RSVP] September Union Socials for Postdocs and ARSs

We are organizing two Union social gatherings to launch the upcoming Academic and Union year with positive mood, looking forward to exciting events and projects: 

Monday 09/12 at 6pm on CUMC

Thursday 09/15 at 6pm at the Morningside Campus

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Orientation to the Union and Columbia for new Postdocs and Associate Researchers will take place concomitantly, followed by a social gathering for all!

As seasoned PoA (People of Academia), we will start the evening with a 15’ presentation for new researchers followed by food and drinks to intermingle and meet each other.

Come join and meet fellow union members!!

RSVP here for CUMC or RSVP here for Morningside

Also – friendly reminder about this coming Saturday’s Labor Parade and Columbia University Labor Day Picnic to meet other workers at Columbia. See details here. 🎸🎸🎸

In solidarity, 

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

RSVP Saturday 09/10/22: NYC Labor Parade and Columbia University Labor Day Picnic

The 2022/2023 academic year means that postdocs and Associate researchers at Columbia will be negotiating a new contract with Columbia University and improving our working conditions: salary, benefits and other workplace rights and protections. 

In order to build solidarity and connections with other union locals at the university and NYC we will have two events on Saturday September 10th: 

  • March at the NYC Labor Parade “Workers Leading, Workers Rising” – Assembly Time 10 a.m. on East 46th Street. We will celebrate 140 years since the first parade in Union Square along with other UAW members across our region. 
  • Picnic afterwards at 1pm on Central Park [Flyer attached] where we will gather with other workers and union members at Columbia to talk about our ongoing and upcoming demands to improve our working conditions at Columbia University. 

RSVP to march and/or attend the picnic to build solidarity with other union members

(contact info will be shared after RSVP)

In solidarity, 

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. –  Want to stay informed? Check out our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As a member you can also join our Slack channel.

Contract Bargaining Campaign – What is important to us? Fill out the Survey and let us know what you think!

Columbia Postdoctoral Worker-UAW 4100 Bargaining Survey

Dear [name/colleague],

After jucy brainstorming sessions with our fellow union members at our Contract Kickoff Meeting and Monthly Membership Meeting, your Bargaining Committee is excited to present you the Bargaining Survey!

The Survey is crucial to understand what you want to see/improve/change in our next contract which we have the chance to negotiate every few years!

For us to be able to successfully advocate for everyone, we need to hear from everyone: 

What are your priorities? What are you concerned about for your upcoming years? How can we work together to make Columbia University a better place to work, to conduct our research, and to contribute to international scholarship?

We will be collecting surveys from you over the course of the next month.

We are also forming working groups to do research on topics relevant to contract negotiations and the needs of us Postdocs and Associate researchers > learn more and sign up to participate in a working group here!

And, in addition, we have two orientation+social events coming up on September 12th at CUMC and on the 13th at the Morningside campus to meet fellow postdocs/ARSs > mark your calendars! Details will be shared as the date approaches

Cheers!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Bargaining Committee

P.S. – To stay informed about our union, make sure to check our website columbiapostdocunion.org, and follow us on Twitter, and Facebook.

[RSVP] August membership meeting: Thursday August 25th at 6:30pm

Our August membership meeting will take place on Thursday August 25th at 6:30pm in hybrid mode: both in person at CUIMC [room TBD] and on zoom. Use one of the links below to RSVP.

RSVP to attend the membership meeting in person.

RSVP to attend the membership meeting on zoom.

This meeting will be the last one before sending out the Bargaining Survey to our unit. As many of you know, our current contract will expire in June 2023 and the bargaining committee has drafted the bargaining survey that will be presented at this membership meeting before being sent out to all of our members. It is of vital importance for our success in the next campaign that everyone who is willing to actively help whether through joining the working groups or just by helping to spread the word and get most people to fill the bargaining survey. 

Among some important topics that will be discussed:

  • We’ll hear a report on the UAW convention; 
  • Report from the bargaining committee on the contract kick off meeting;
  • and other priorities for our union, like the retirement petition, and the possibility of auditing the financial status of the university as a tool for our next negotiations.

In addition, we will have our monthly Finances and Executive Board reports and discuss some important steps in preparation for our next contract campaign.

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Executive Board

P.S. – To stay informed about our union, make sure to check our website columbiapostdocunion.org, and follow us on Twitter, and Facebook.

Contract Kickoff Meeting, follow up

Last Thursday we officially kicked off our Contract Renewal Campaign!!

As discussed, now is the time to develop our initial bargaining goals. Your active participation and inputs are of great support to the Bargaining Committee and the campaign for our contract renewal.

What we win on the Bargaining Table depends on the power we can build out of the Bargaining Table.

We will design a bargaining survey for union members to fill in and determine which issues need improvement in our next contract. To help us design it, we performed an initial survey at our kickoff meeting, and here are the most important topics raised:

Our next step is to create the Contract Action Teams. These working teams will help build a strong case to reach our Contract goals through research and members engagement. They will be in direct relation with the Bargaining Committee and lead the contract campaign, and facilitate quick communication with members about progress in bargaining.

We will continue building our Working Teams, who will focus on topics brought up by our survey: Inflation and salary raise, proportionate salary yearly increase, health benefits, bullying, inequities in the fellows (taxes, tuition waivers, health benefits), and patents and intellectual properties. If any of these topics are important to you, please sign up here or reach out to join or propose additional groups! These are low commitment, fun, and a great way to meet other postdocs with similar interests, as well as crucial to our bargaining process. 

You drive the process! Reach out and help us build the Contract Action Teams!

Stay tuned for new updates.

Cheers!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Bargaining Committee.

P.S. – To stay informed about our union, make sure to check our website columbiapostdocunion.org, and follow us on Twitter, and Facebook.