[TOMORROW] Picnic in Central Park with Mount Sinai postdocs

Tomorrow, Saturday May 28, starting at noon we will be in Central Park for a picnic along with our colleagues at Mount Sinai who recently filed with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. According to the weather forecast there’s a chance of rain, but we are still optimistic that we can gather and have a nice time. If necessary we will move to a covered area.  

RSVP here and see the flyer attached for details. 

Some food, snacks and soft drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you’d like. 

Hope to see you there!

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Executive Committee

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

Th, 6:30pm meeting room confirmation (+virtual option) & Reminder: Picnic in Central Park with Mount Sinai postdocs – Sat, 12pm

We have P&S room 12-460 on CUMC confirmed for our membership meeting this Thursday May 26 at 6:30pm. Virtual option in zoom is also available!

Click here for more information and RSVP links for our membership meeting

Reminder about our picnic with Mt. Sinai postdocs this Saturday May 28 starting at 12pm. 

Click for More information on postdoc picnic including RSVP link here.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Executive Committee

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

Picnic in Central Park with Mount Sinai postdocs – Saturday May 28th, 12pm

This Saturday, May 28, starting at noon we are organizing a picnic on Central Park along with our colleagues at Mount Sinai who recently filed with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union. Join us whenever you can to meet postdocs and associate researchers colleagues from the city. We’ll be starting at noon in the East meadow of Central Park (Entrance near E97th St and 5th Ave).

RSVP here and see the flyer attached for details. 

Some snacks and soft drinks will be provided and feel free to bring anything you’d like. 

Hope to see you there!

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Executive 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] May membership meeting next Thursday 05/26/22 at 6:30pm virtual and in person

Our May membership meeting will take place on Thursday May 26 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.

Topics proposed for report and discussion at our membership meeting: 

  • Meet the newly elected Bargaining Committee who will negotiate our next contract!
  • Updates on our work with grievances and workplace issues and the administration’s responsiveness
  • Discussion on whether to support Columbia’s Resident Advisors campaign –  http://bit.ly/curapetition
  • Reports and discussion about the campaigns to win back retirement contributions and an university-wide anti-bullying policy.
  • Our monthly Finances and Executive Board reports. 

And bring any other suggestions!

In Solidarity,

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW Local 4100 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.

Election Results for CPW Delegates for the 2022 UAW Constitutional Convention and Bargaining Committee members

The deadline to accept nominations for the CPW Delegate position for the 2022 UAW Convention and for one of the five Bargaining Committee member positions closed on Thursday, May 12 at 11:59 PM ET. We can now announce that the following candidates have been elected in their position by acclamation (they ran unopposed):

CPW Delegates (1 delegate and 1 alternate position): 

  • Álvaro Cuesta-Domínguez
  • Cora Bergantiños-Crespo (alternate)

(We received two acceptance of nominations for the position. The candidates have mutually agreed not to contest the result, and that Cora Bergantiños-Crespo will serve as alternate.)

Bargaining Committee (5 open positions):

  • Thiago Arzua
  • Stefano Cataldi
  • Rafael Gras Pena
  • Georgia Ntermentzaki
  • Erica Rodriguez

Congratulations to everyone! 

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Elections Committee

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

Sign and share our petition requesting Columbia to refund our retirement contributions!

We have reached almost 650 signatures! However, it has been two months since we reached out to the Provost, Senior Vice Provost and Vice-president of HR with our demands, and we have got no response so far. Click on the explanatory graphical abstract to add your name if you did not yet, and feel free to share it with your colleagues, faculty and administrators!

In Solidarity, 

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW Local 4100 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.

[RSVP] University Senate session on anti-bullying policy recommendations + Notice of Nomination and Election of Delegates and Bargaining Committee members for CPW

Tomorrow, on Friday, April 29, at 1:15 p.m. the University-Wide Anti-Bullying Working Group (which includes two CPW members) will present their policy recommendations at the University Senate plenary. This is an important step in the process to get protections against bullying and power-based harassment at Columbia. The senate plenaries are open to all CUID holders. 
 
Please click here to attend the plenary via Zoom.

Notice of Nomination and Election of CPW Delegate for the 2022 UAW Constitutional Convention (1 plus 1 alternate) and Bargaining Committee members (5 Total)

April 28, 2022

Nominations are hereby declared open on April28, 2022 for a CPW-UAW Delegate [1 position] and Alternate Delegate [1 position] for the 2022 UAW Constitutional Convention, and Bargaining Committee members [5 positions]:

UAW Convention Delegate [1 position] and Alternate Delegate [1 position]:

  • The delegate and alternate delegate will represent our Local in the upcoming 38th UAW Constitutional Convention which will take place in Detroit, Michigan on July 25-28, 2022
  • The member with the most votes will be elected delegate and the member with second most votes will be elected alternate. Only the delegate will be allowed to vote at the convention. 
  • Funds from our Local will cover the cost of the trip and stay for the elected delegates. 
  • Click here to read more about the roles of delegates and the UAW Constitutional Convention.

Bargaining Team (5 positions):

All eligible unit members who have signed a CPW-UAW membership card are automatically nominated for the Delegate positions. All members except those currently serving in the Executive Board are automatically nominated for the Bargaining Committee positions. 

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. 

Any eligible member in good standing who wishes to accept the nomination for delegate and/or Bargaining Committee member must indicate their intention in writing, specifying the position(s) they wish to run for. You can run for both positions (i.e., a delegate and a Bargaining Team position). The acceptance of your nomination in writing must be submitted no later than May 12th at 11:59pm EDT. Submit your acceptance to the CPW-UAW Elections committee by emailing cpwuawelections@gmail.com. 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. Your mailing address, phone number, and personal email address must be included, but will not be counted toward the 250 words and will not be posted on the website. If you run for both the delegate and bargaining committee positions, you may submit a different candidate statement for each. 

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 May 12th at 11:59pm EST.

Candidates Meeting 

Following the close of nominations, all candidates for contested positions 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 available 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 May 26th to May 31st. 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: Thursday May 26th, at 9:00am EST

Election End Date: Tuesday May 31st, 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, 

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW Local 4100 Elections 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] Happy Earth Day + March of Science CPW-UAW contingent tomorrow 4/23 at 11.15am

Happy Earth Day! For the past five years we have been joining forces with other locals and organizations around March for Science to demand real actions against the climate crisis, reclaim a central role for science in our society and make evidence-based decisions about the future of our planet.

We are excited to announce that tomorrow 4/23 we will be marching together with our postdoc peers at Mount Sinai, who recently reached a majority in their campaign for a unionization vote. We will meet at 11.15am at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West (that’s Strawberry Fields, for reference). We are attaching a flier with the details and itinerary. If you have any trouble finding us, you can reach out to this email or give us a call at 347-453-8937. 

Hope to see you all there!

In solidarity,

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW Local 4100 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.