Notice of Nomination and Election of Union Stewards (19 Total), Eboard (1 Total), and Elections Committee (4 Total)

Notice of Nomination and Election of Union Stewards (19 Total), Executive Board (1 Total), and Elections Committee (4 total)

January 26th, 2023

Nominations are hereby declared open on 01/26/2023 for the CPW-UAW Steward [14 positions], Vice President [1 position], and Elections Committee (4 Total):

Stewards (19 positions):

Executive Board (1 position):

  • Vice President

Elections Committee (4 positions)

All eligible unit members who have signed a CPW-UAW membership card are automatically nominated for the Vice President, steward positions in their district, or Election Committee. 

Membership Eligibility Description (per the bylaws): 

Membership in this Local Union shall be extended to all employees who have at any time been under titles that come under the jurisdiction of this Local Union. Membership shall be defined as members in good standing as defined in the International Constitution. 

CPW-UAW has 27 steward positions, broken up into districts. For this election there are 19 open steward positions, one open executive board positions, and four open elections committee positions. Each district is a campus, building/s, or lab where postdoctoral academic workers are working. For every 75 workers in a district, one steward will be elected. To learn more about the responsibilities of the stewards, visit the UAW constitution (Article 45) and our Local Bylaws (Article 10). 

Any eligible member in good standing who wishes to accept the nomination for one of the Executive board or steward positions in their district must indicate their intention, in writing, including the position they wish to run for. You can only run for one position. The acceptance of your nomination in writing must be submitted no later than 02/09/23 at 11:59pm EST. Submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections committee by emailing cpwuawelections@gmail.com. If you have questions about which district you belong to, please reach out to the Elections committee at cpwuawelections@gmail.com. 

Steward District Map 

Click here to view the District Map, which shows the breakdown of the number of stewards per Steward District. 

Vice President

The Executive Board positions are elected for a term expiring in 2026. Officers are allowed to vacate their positions before the end of their terms, in which case the Elections Committee would hold a vacancy election. Click here to read more about the responsibilities of the Executive Board Officer positions.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee are elected for a term expiring in 2024. As a member of the elections committee you will be responsible for the publication of notice for nominations and elections, the verification of eligibility for candidates, the organization and supervision of election proceedings, and the counting of ballots.

Candidate Statements (Optional)

Each candidate may write and submit a candidate statement of no more than 250 words. These statements will be posted on the CPW-UAW website if there are contested elections. Your mailing address, phone number, and personal email address must be included, but will not be counted toward the 250 words. 

It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit the candidate statement, if they choose to have one. All candidate statements must be received by the time nominations close on 02/09/23 at 11:59pm EST.

Candidates Meeting 

Following the close of nominations, all candidates in contested districts will meet with the Elections Committee via Zoom. This meeting will determine the order of names on the ballot and the method of mass communications, and address other concerns any candidate may have. This meeting will take place following the close of nominations, but before ballots are sent to members. 

Election Dates, Times and Locations

In the event that the number of eligible candidates who accept nomination for the specified position do not exceed the number of vacant positions, such candidates will be deemed elected by acclamation and no election will be held. 

If there are contested positions, elections will take place online from February 23rd, 2023 to March 2nd, 2023. If you are a member of the union, you will receive a ballot in your email and text messages once voting begins. If you wish to participate, you will need to sign a membership card and join the union

Election Location: Online

Election Start Date: 02/23/23 at 9:00am EST

Election End Date: 03/02/23 at 11:59pm EST

A runoff election, if necessary, will be held at a future date. The details will be announced if necessary. 

In Solidarity, 

CPW-UAW Elections Committee


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[RSVP] January membership meeting: bargaining survey results, goals and strategy. Thu Jan 26 at 6:30pm

We invite you to our next membership meeting on Thursday January 26th at 6:30 pm. This meeting is an important one as we are officially launching the bargaining campaign in preparation to negotiate our next contract. We will present preliminary results of the bargaining survey and discuss our goals and strategies for bargaining.

  • What are Postdoctoral workers’ priorities for our next contract? Based on hundreds of bargaining surveys we all submitted, we will present data on: What salary gains do we need in order to survive inflation? How high is our rent burden? What are our most urgent priorities on Benefits? Family support? Workplace rights?
  • What should our bargaining goals be? We will have an open discussion about our goals that we will bring to the bargaining table. Bargaining goals will be finalized & ratified in the February membership meeting.
  • How does bargaining work? Do we want open bargaining? We will go over the process of bargaining and discuss how we want our bargaining to look like.  

The meeting will be in hybrid mode, with in person options at both Morningside and CUIMC, as well as a zoom option. 

Please use one of the links below to RSVP.

RSVP to attend the membership meeting.

Our historic first contract will expire on June 30, 2023. For us, this represents a chance to negotiate better working conditions with Columbia in  our next contract! In order to make sure the negotiations address the real needs of our members, this meeting will focus on discussing the process of bargaining and our contract goals!

Are your priorities represented in the bargaining survey results? If you have not filled a bargaining survey yet – you still have time! Follow this link to take the survey, and please forward along to any other postdocs who have not yet completed the survey – every single voice matters!

In addition, we will have our monthly Finances reports and an announcement from the Elections Committee.

Also, a reminder that there is a run-off in the UAW election, since no candidate to the office of International president received a majority of votes. Ballots were mailed to UAW members on Thursday, January 12, 2023. If you haven’t shared your address with us, please update your mailing address to receive a ballot!

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board


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Vote in the upcoming UAW-runoff election + Union Socials today and Thursday + Picket in Solidarity with Harper Collins workers on strike

As members of UAW, we have an exciting opportunity to shape the future of our union by participating in a historic election to elect the President of the UAW International Union directly. At the end of last year, UAW members in our region already made history by electing the first academic worker, Brandon Mancilla (former president of the Harvard Graduate Student Union), to the International Executive Board as our Regional Director (the Board consists of the President, three Vice Presidents, the Secretary-Treasurer, and nine Regional Directors).

Because no candidate to the office of International president received a majority of votes, a run-off is being held between the two candidates who received the most votes in this first round of elections. 

This historic election follows a 2021 union-wide referendum, One Member, One Vote (1M1V). That referendum determined that UAW members would directly elect their leadership, rather than having delegates choose the national leadership at each constitutional convention. By participating in this election, you are able to directly elect the candidate who will set the tone for contract fights and more across all UAW locals for the next four years.

Ballots were mailed to UAW members on Thursday, January 12, 2023. If you haven’t shared your address with us, update your mailing address to receive a ballot! 

Can you take a moment to update your mailing address? 

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a historic moment for our union. Update your mailing address today to receive your ballot.

Would you like to find out more about the candidates?

The Candidate Forum for the office of International President, with candidates Shawn Fain (UAW Members United) and Ray Curry (Curry Solidarity Team) was held last Thursday; watch the full debate here to learn more about the candidates!

TODAY AND THURSDAY: Orientations for new postdocs/ARS followed by socials for all members!

>>> Click the pic to RSVP

TOMORROW: Picket in solidarity with Harper Collins on strike

This Wednesday Jan 18th at 12:30pm UAW Local 2110 and members of Harper Collins will be holding a rally at the parent company, New Corp. Workers/members at Harper Collins have been on strike since November 10, 2022. Two months is a long time!!

Harper Collins has refused to return to the table to bargain a fair and just collective bargaining agreement with our members. Shame on them!! 

Reply to this email if you are able to join us at the picket outside New Corp 1211 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave) between 46th and 47th at 12:30pm.

Solidarity,

The Columbia Postdoctoral Workers


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Help Us Improve our Rights on Paper Authorship and Intellectual Property!

WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN! WE ARE HERE TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS!

But first, let us guess…

  • By the end of your Postdoc experience, you’re 100% certain to have, at least, one sole first-author paper (and hopefully, a big one).
  • You are not sure whether your research could result in a patent…Or no, wait a minute! Actually, in the future you might be at the point of registering a patent, you’ve got good stuff going on in the lab right now…! But surely, your boss will respect your inventorship, as well as the royalties as an inventor. This is just common sense! Everything will be just fine…
  • You will leave the lab whenever you feel ready…, without risking your authorship in all the work that you have put in. Nothing important will be at minimum risk. When you feel ready to leave, your boss will be as well, and they will respect your work in the lab 🙂

But…What would the consequences be on your professional career if ANY of these assumptions turn out to be wrong?

Yes. We know.

No worries. Sit tight. We know you have a lot on your bench.

Academia does not need to be this way. The IP & Authorship Group of Postdoc Union will fight for our rights on Paper Authorship and Intellectual Property on the bargaining table with Columbia to develop contract language proposals that bring protection and equity to Postdocs/Associate researchers across the University.

But for that we need to listen to your story first!!!

We’re surveying Columbia Postdocs/Associate researchers on their experiences as Scientists related to rights and fair treatment on Paper Authorship and Intellectual Property to support our bargaining for our next contract with Columbia.

TAKE OUR SURVEY IN THIS LINK!

Or use the following QR Code:

Best,

The IP & Authorship Working Group


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Come to the CPW Winter Social!

CPW HOLIDAY PARTIES

Come join your union comrades to celebrate the season and get us through to bargaining with some fun and camaraderie! At two different locations:

CUMC Campus – P&S, Room 16-405 (Todd Amphitheater) – Wed Dec 14th

Morningside Campus – Fairchild, Room 900 – Thurs Dec 15th

Both from 5pm onwards!

RSVP HERE


SUPPORT NEW SCHOOL STAFF ON STRIKE – SIGN THE NO-SCAB PLEDGE!

As mentioned in previous emails, New School part-time faculty are out on strike right now for living wages, better health care, and workplace protections. But over this weekend, an email was leaked from New School Administration seeking to hire replacement workers and break the strike! This is unacceptable — join your union colleagues in signing the No-Scabbing Pledge to let the New School know we stand for better working conditions in academia.

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

  •       Alvaro Cuesta-Dominguez
  •       Cora Bergantinos-Crespo
  •       Enrica Calzoni
  •       Fede Amodeo
  •       Panagiotis Oikonomou
  •       Pierre-Jacques Brun
  •       Sumaira Zamurrad
  •       Tulsi Patel

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Your union colleagues developed policies to protect you – why won’t Columbia adopt them?

READ THE ANTI-BULLYING POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS HERE


POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS & OTHER ACADEMIC WORKERS JOIN THE LABOR WAVE

Picket lines continued this week as the New School walked away from the bargaining table, leading to a surge in support for New School part-time faculty who are out on strike. Read more about what faculty are asking for here.

Meanwhile, our colleagues in California, including thousands of Postdoctoral Researchers, continue their  strike for living wages, raises that reflect rent increases, better job stability for postdocs, and a host of other proposals.

And large turnouts for bargaining are helping Mount Sinai Postdocs, who just recently unionized, negotiate a successful first contract that will ensure the wave of unionization for postdocs in New York City keeps improving working and research conditions, as it already has been!

Academic workers like postdocs are leading the charge to create a better academia through our collective power. Our union is only as strong as our members, so with our own collective bargaining coming up in months, now is the time to join your voice to those of your peers who are fighting for you.

TAKE THE BARGAINING SURVEY

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

  •       Alvaro Cuesta-Dominguez
  •       Cora Bergantinos-Crespo
  •       Enrica Calzoni
  •       Fede Amodeo
  •       Panagiotis Oikonomou
  •       Pierre-Jacques Brun
  •       Sumaira Zamurrad
  •       Tulsi Patel

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Should Postdoctoral Fellows Receive Equal Treatment?

AND TAKE THE FELLOWS SURVEY!


ACADEMIC WORKERS ACROSS THE NATION ARE STRONGER TOGETHER & FIGHTING FOR MORE

This past week, nearly 48,000 academic workers across ten campuses in the University of California school system went on strike for salaries that match cost of living and more affordable childcare and housing, among other issues. This includes thousands of our colleagues at UAW 5810, the Postdoctoral and Academic Researchers at the University of California!

Meanwhile, here in New York, New School Adjunct Faculty (UAW Local 7902) have gone on strike demanding real raises, expanded health coverage, greater job security, and real recourse against harassment and discrimination — join their picket lines from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 63 5th Avenue in front of the New School University Center!

Just this month, NYU Adjunct Faculty, also with Local 7902, reached a landmark victory in their new contract, winning major raises, expanded health care coverage, and a host of other benefits.

This is an exciting time to be part of a national movement of academic workers pushing for change in academia together through our collective power. In our own negotiations with Columbia, it will be critical that a strong majority of us are signed on as members.


We will discuss events around the Journalism and Law Schools as well as updates from our Bargaining Committee and Organizing Committee, as well as the monthly finance report.

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BY FRIDAY: MAIL YOUR BALLOT FOR UAW ELECTIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP!

The UAW Monitor has recommended that members mail their ballots no later than Friday, November 18th, so that they arrive in time to be counted on November 29th.

If you are a member in good standing, please ensure that you put your ballot in the mail by this Friday so that your vote counts! Once you’ve returned your ballot, you can verify that it was received at the designated post office by entering the sequence number on your ballot and your last name here: https://uawvote.com/verify.

In this election we are voting for: the UAW President, Vice Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, and Director of our Region, 9A.

You can learn more about the Regional Director candidates’ positions on these issues from this Forum our local alongside other Columbia UAW unions hosted with the candidates.More information can be found on the monitor’s website: https://uawvote.com/

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

  •       Alvaro Cuesta-Dominguez
  •       Cora Bergantinos-Crespo
  •       Enrica Calzoni
  •       Fede Amodeo
  •       Panagiotis Oikonomou
  •       Pierre-Jacques Brun
  •       Sumaira Zamurrad
  •       Tulsi Patel

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Delays in Pay? No Healthcare Coverage? Columbia Should Do Better + Membership meeting 11/17 at 6:30pm

November membership meeting!

Thursday November 24th is Thanksgiving, a holiday recognized by our contract (as well as the day after) therefore, we will hold our membership meeting next week, on Thursday November 17th at 6:30pm, in hybrid mode: both in person at CUIMC and on zoom. Use one of the links below to RSVP. We will send a proposed agenda soon! But let us know if there is any topic you’d like to discuss.

RSVP TO ATTEND THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN PERSON

RSVP TO ATTEND THE MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON ZOOM

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board


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Union Social this Thursday at Morningside + Ballots for UAW election

Join us to meet postdoc and Associate research colleagues for an orientation and social this Thursday Nov 3rd at 6pm in Fairchild room 800 on the Morningside campus, and also on zoom.

RSVP for an Orientation and Social!

Food and drinks will be provided. 

Didn’t receive your ballot for UAW elections? Request a replacement today!

This November, for the first time in the history of the UAW, members will directly decide who will lead our union on the International Executive Board (IEB), the leading instrument of UAW.

If you have not received a ballot in the mail by now you can request a replacement ballot at https://uawvote.com/newRequest  or by calling 855-433-8683 (their hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm). Please note that a replacement ballot may take about 7 days to get to you after you request one, and ballots should be returned in the mail by November 18 at the latest to ensure they are received by the November 28, the 2022 election deadline.

Make sure you participate in these historic elections and have your voice heard by casting your ballot!

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board


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