Help us make anti-bullying policy recommendations + upcoming actions to support SWC and HGSU union siblings

In this email you will find: 

  • Help us make policy recommendations for the anti-bullying committee – meeting next Wednesday 11/03
  • Support Columbia graduate workers union, SWC, in their negotiations – rally tomorrow Wednesday 10/27 at 3pm
  • Support to Harvard graduate workers, HGSU UAW Local 5118, going on strike tomorrow through Friday  
  • Reminder about UAW referendum on method to elect our International leadership 

University-wide anti-bullying working group

The University-wide anti-bullying working group has been meeting weekly to generate a policy recommendation that (i) defines bullying behaviors and (ii) develops processes to address complaints of bullying. So far, the committee has focused mainly on the definition of bullying. In the upcoming weeks, the committee will start to develop processes for addressing complaints.  

We are having a general meeting for union members to discuss the progress so far and get feedback on all aspects of the policy recommendation. 

Please RSVP to join our meeting next Wednesday 11/03 at 6pm.

To facilitate discussion, we will share the draft policy document that the committee is working on before the meeting.

Student Workers at Columbia, SWC – rally for a fair contract!

Our teaching and research assistant colleagues in the Student Workers of Columbia-UAW have set a strike deadline for November 3rd, and will go on strike if Columbia does not agree to a fair contract by that date. They are organizing a rally tomorrow at Low Library on the main campus at 3pm. Join to show our support!

HGSU UAW Local 5118 going into strike! 

At our last membership meeting we approved to write a letter of support to our Union colleagues at Harvard and donate $1,000 to their hardship fund as they will go into strike for a fair contract. 

If you are in the area, join HGSU on the picket lines! They will be picketing from 9am- 4pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week at 2 locations: 

  • Cambridge Location: Check in at the strike tent at the Science Center Plaza- 1 Oxford St. Cambridge MA 02138
  • Longwood Location: Check in at a tent outside the Countway Library- 10 Shattuck St. Boston, MA 02115. 

REMINDER!! UAW referendum on how to elect International Leadership

Ballots for the UAW national referendum on how to elect our International Leadership (the International Executive Board, IEB) are being mailed. This referendum could have a profound impact on our union going forward, don’t forget to cast your vote! 

You should get your ballot at your mailing address. Check if you received it and don’t hesitate to reach out if you did not or have any other issues. Get more information here

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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Historic UAW vote will affect our union for years to come – make your voice heard!

Next week you will have the opportunity to vote in a historic referendum that will have a profound impact on our union. This referendum will decide whether you have the right to vote directly for the International leadership of our union, or whether delegates at a convention held every four years will continue to choose our leaders. Ballots went out this week on Tuesday, October 19!

This referendum is taking place because several top international UAW leaders, including two former presidents of the union, have been convicted of corruption charges. In 2020, the UAW and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement requiring our union to hold a membership-wide referendum on how we elect our leadership. It is important that you make your voice heard. 

All UAW members will be mailed ballots to vote in this important referendum. You will have two options:

1- You can choose to keep the current Delegate Voting System, where delegates elect top leadership at a convention every four years, or,

2.- You can vote for a new Direct Voting System, where membership elects top leadership directly, like we do in our Local. 

This referendum will have large consequences for our union’s future. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard. That is why you should participate in this crucial vote. 

Pledge to Vote and inform your coworkers!

Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to the E-Board and/or your union steward if you have any questions or issues. 

Ballots are due by November 29th, at 10am ET, so please return your ballot as soon as you can. If by the end of October you have not received a ballot and believe you are eligible to vote in the Referendum, contact the election vendor directly at UAWBallot@merrimanriver.com or 855-433-8683 as soon as possible to request one. You can find more information here: https://www.uawmonitor.com/electionsreferendum.

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

[ACTION NEEDED] poll for scheduling future meetings + Membership Meeting tonight

Our October 2021 membership meeting will take place tonight Monday, 10/18/21 at 8:30pm, and, as stated in our bylaws, we will be voting on a schedule for membership meetings until January 2022. 

Fill in your availability for membership meetings in this poll – results will be used to propose membership meeting schedule through January 2022 and will be voted tonight at our membership meeting

Click here to RSVP for the Membership Meeting.

Topics proposed for our membership meeting

  • Discussion and vote on membership meeting schedule through January 2022 – fill in this poll!
  • We want to add a point on supporting bargaining of our Graduate Workers colleagues on HGSU-UAW Local 5118 at Harvard, who are negotiating for a new contract and have set up a strike deadline for October 27th. Click here to see the letter for our Local to sign on.  
  • Issues affecting Postdocs and ARSs at Columbia: delayed appointments and reappointments
  • Update from the university-wide anti-bullying committee 
  • Monthly Finance secretary and Executive Board reports – including updates on progress with hiring a full-time organizer for our Local
  • And bring any other suggestions! 

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to add your name to our Open Letter against power-based harassment.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Membership Meeting Monday, 10/18: poll for scheduling future meetings + proposed topics

Our October 2021 membership meeting will take place next Monday, 10/18/21 at 8:30pm, and, as stated in our bylaws, we will be voting on a schedule for membership meetings until January 2022 (see below). 

Click here to RSVP for the Membership Meeting.

Fill in your availability for membership meetings in this poll – results will be used to propose membership meeting schedule through January 2022 and will be voted at our next membership meeting

Topics proposed for our next membership meeting: 

  • Discussion and vote on membership meeting schedule through January 2022 – fill in this poll!
  • Issues affecting Postdocs and ARSs at Columbia: delayed appointments and reappointments
  • Update from the university-wide anti-bullying committee 
  • Monthly Finance secretary and Executive Board reports – including updates on progress with hiring a full-time organizer for our Local
  • And bring any other suggestions! 

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to add your name to our Open Letter against power-based harassment.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

ACTION NEEDED by tomorrow (10/8): Update your Address before our National UAW Referendum

Update your current address so you can participate in an important national vote!

This Fall, there will be a referendum ending on November 29, open to UAW members across the country, in which we will vote by mail on whether to continue the current system of electing our national union leadership, by electing delegates from our union who then vote on our behalf, or transition to a system in which we vote on our National UAW leadership directly. 

You can read the latest news from the Elections Monitor here. In addition, tonight 10/07 at 6pm, there is a referendum Forum Webcast sponsored by the Monitor over zoom which will be broadcast over YouTube in real time, recorded and posted on this website, so you can watch at your convenience.

This is an important decision for all UAW members, as national leadership plays a major role in determining the priorities and allocation of resources in our organization, including  and we encourage you to educate yourself on the topic and participate when the referendum takes place. 

The referendum will be conducted by mail-in ballot so please make sure you update your mailing addresses!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Membership Meeting: Monday, 9/20 + Anti-Bullying campaign updates

Our September 2021 membership meeting will take place next Monday, 09/20/21 at 8:30pm

Click here to RSVP for the Membership Meeting.

The university-wide anti-bullying committee had its first meeting. We will discuss how the meeting went and next steps to show Columbia why this issue is important for us as well as student researchers. We will also have discussion about other ongoing campaigns, elections, and local union finances.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to add your name to our Open Letter against power-based harassment.

Our Anti-Bullying Working Group is circulating a short, anonymous survey to gather feedback on researchers’ experience with power-based harassment and what kind of solutions we advocate for in this committee. Take a few minutes to complete the survey here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

5 Years of Union Rights, Support for International Workers, Fighting Back Against Bullying, and More

Part of the strength of our union is that we are part of something larger – a movement of academics who stand together to improve our quality of life. As individual postdocs at Columbia, we certainly have more power when we speak with one voice – and we are even stronger as we stand with the more than 100,000 academic workers who are UAW members at universities across the country. 

We’ve used this power to secure crucial childcare benefits, pay increases, protections against discrimination and harassment, and to encourage Columbia to become a more equitable university. This month we’re commemorating the legal battle that gave our Student Workers Colleagues the right to form their union, and asking you to share your perspective on what is most important for our Union to focus on as we move forward together. 

Read on for updates from our working group on bullying and power-based harassment, news on health and safety, and resources for international workers who are navigating travel back to NYC. We are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support or just have a question.

We’re excited to keep working to strengthen our union and fight for more rights at Columbia!

Fighting Back Against Power-Based Harassment and Bullying

Sign our Open Letter for a strong policy against power-based harassment!

After 16 months of bargaining, we won many improvements in our first union contract last summer. Among these, the administration recognized that bullying is a major issue in many research groups at Columbia and agreed to form a committee with our union to make recommendations for a university-wide policy to address the issue of workplace bullying.

The committee is scheduled to have its first meeting tomorrow, September 10th! However, we know it will take pressure to ensure that these recommendations reflect our experience as researchers and that Columbia makes real progress on this issue – sign the Open Letter here.

To inform the work of our representatives on this committee, members of our Anti-Bullying Working Group also designed an anonymous survey to gather data about types of bullying behaviors at Columbia – please fill in the survey by clicking this link.

Reopening and Health and Safety at Work

Under Article 10 of our contract, researchers have the right not to work in conditions that pose an immediate danger, to relevant health and safety training and proper equipment, and to protections against retaliation for raising health and safety concerns.

As Columbia establishes normal operations we want you to share any questions or concerns you have about the reopening, the safety under COVID-19 and the new Delta variant, the shift from remote to in person work and any other questions or issues. 

Please, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Resources for International Researchers

International researchers make up the majority of our workforce, and often face specific challenges related to travel, visas and work authorization, unfair or discriminatory treatment, and more.

We have been informed by several postdocs and ARSs at Columbia, who have traveled for the first time in almost two years to visit their families outside of the United States, that they have experienced issues re-entering the country. This problem includes processing the National Interest Exception (NIE), which is needed to re-enter the U.S. under certain visas. If you have experienced any issues with re-entry, please fill out this short survey.

With our contract, Art. 12 Section 2  – which establishes protections against loss of employment due to immigration reasons outside of the Employee’s reasonable control – we are ensuring that none of our members face any discipline due to this issue. In addition, we have demanded that Columbia provide support and are working with other UAW Locals and our UAW CAP (Community Action Program) director to provide support to researchers, through contacting our elected political representatives to help expedite this process if necessary. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Five Year Anniversary of the Landmark Columbia/NLRB Decision

On August 23, 2016 – five years ago – the landmark National Labor Relations Board decision initiated by Columbia student workers was handed down. The ruling changed existing labor law by giving research and teaching assistants at private universities the right to be  considered employees, which restored their right to organize and form unions. 

The case opened the door to a wave of organizing at private (and public) universities across the country, adding huge momentum to the academic workers’ movement, and laying the groundwork for our successful campaign to form a union for Postdocs and ARS. The UAW alone now represents more than 100,000 academic workers at Brown, Boston College, The New School, the University of Chicago, Harvard, the University of Washington, the University of California and more (The Progressive covered these wins extensively this month). Columbia was and is the heart of this movement, which has improved the quality of life for workers in higher education across the country.

Make our Union Even Stronger!

Want to help improve the Postdoc/ARS experience at Columbia? Send an email to columbiapostdocunion@gmail.com,  join a working group, or fill out this form and an organizer will reach out!.

And, if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to let us know what you’re most excited to improve or protect at Columbia through your union: What are your priorities for Year 2?

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay up to date, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Stewards and Executive Board Election Results

The deadline to accept steward and executive board nominations closed on Monday, August 30th at 11:59 PM EST. We can announce the following winners of their districts by acclamation (they ran unopposed):

Won by acclamation:

MS District 2: 

CUMC District 1

Andrzej Gladysiak

Meghan L. Bucher

CUMC District 4

CUMC District 5

Aditi Sharma Singh

Stefano Cataldi

CUMC District 6

Executive Board – Trustee

Diego Rivera Gelsinger

Sumaira Zamurrad

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Elections Committee

[reminder] Deadline to Accept Nomination as Steward and EBoard member: TONIGHT (Monday, 08/30), 11:59PM

This is a reminder that the deadline to accept nomination for a position as steward or Executive Board member is TONIGHT (Monday, 08/30) at 11:59PM EST.

If you are interested in running for steward in your district or for the open position in the Executive Board, please submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections Committee by emailing cpwuawelections@gmail.com by 11:59pm EST (before midnight). 

See details below and don’t hesitate to reach out to the Elections Committee at cpwuawelections@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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August 16, 2021

Nominations are hereby declared open for the CPW-UAW Steward [10 positions] and a Trustee position in the Executive Board [1 position]:

Stewards (10 positions):

Executive Board (1 position):

  • Trustee

All eligible unit members who have signed a CPW-UAW membership card are automatically nominated for the Trustee position and the steward position in their district. 

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 10 open steward positions and one open executive board position. 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 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 district position. The acceptance of your nomination in writing must be submitted no later than August 30th 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. 

Trustee on the Executive Board

The Trustee position is elected for a term expiring in May 2023. 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.

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 August 30th 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 September 14th to September 22nd. 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: Monday, September 14th at 9:00am EST

Election End Date: Tuesday, September 22st at 12:00pm 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

[reminder] Deadline to Accept Nomination for Steward and EBoard Election: Monday, 08/30 at 11:59pm EST.

This is a reminder that the deadline to accept nomination for a position as steward or Executive Board member is next Monday, 08/30 at 11:59PM EST

If you are accepting nomination for the vacant steward or Executive Board positions, please submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections Committee by emailing cpwuawelections@gmail.com by August 30 at 11:59pm EST (before midnight). 

See details below and don’t hesitate to reach out to the Elections Committee at cpwuawelections@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

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August 16, 2021

Nominations are hereby declared open for the CPW-UAW Steward [10 positions] and a Trustee position in the Executive Board [1 position]:

Stewards (10 positions):

Executive Board (1 position):

  • Trustee

All eligible unit members who have signed a CPW-UAW membership card are automatically nominated for the Trustee position and the steward position in their district. 

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 10 open steward positions and one open executive board position. 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 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 district position. The acceptance of your nomination in writing must be submitted no later than August 30th 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. 

Trustee on the Executive Board

The Trustee position is elected for a term expiring in May 2023. 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.

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 August 30th 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 September 14th to September 22nd. 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: Monday, September 14th at 9:00am EST

Election End Date: Tuesday, September 22st at 12:00pm 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