[RSVP] Today! April membership meeting at 6pm

Our April membership meeting will be today Monday, April 19th at 6pm.  

RSVP here to attend our membership meeting

Besides general announcements we will hear a report from the Financial Secretary, progress on our membership drive, issues with Columbia’s new Paid Time Off tracking systems and what we can do about them, a discussion about a Slack channel for our Local Union for those interested in being more connected, and an update on the negotiations of our unionized graduate worker colleagues.

As a reminder, to conduct discussions and votes in an orderly manner at our membership meetings, we follow the parliamentary procedure used in most Local Unions and community organization meetings outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order. You can find a cheat sheet with the most commonly used rules here. If you have any questions about how to use these rules during the meeting, always feel free to ask. As a new local union, we are all learning together and there are no wrong questions. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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

April membership meeting next Monday April 19th at 6pm

Our April membership meeting will be next Monday, April 19th at 6pm.  

RSVP here to attend our membership meeting

Besides general announcements we will hear a report from the Financial Secretary, progress on our membership drive, issues with Columbia’s new Paid Time Off tracking systems and what we can do about them, a discussion about a Slack channel for our Local Union for those interested in being more connected, and an update on the negotiations of our unionized graduate worker colleagues.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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

[TONIGHT] Special Membership Meeting on Budget + Update in GoFundMe campaign

Reminder that our special membership meeting to discuss and approve an initial budget for our union will take place tonight Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m. The budget will consist of monthly expenditures such as Local employee salaries, insurance, and the cost of various software recommended for local union finances. 

Expenses made by our local are approved by the membership. The Financial Secretary will therefore provide an expense report at all future membership meetings. We can also vote to amend our budget or approve additional expenses (for grievances, arbitrations, etc.) at monthly membership meetings as needed.

RSVP here for the Special Meeting on Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m.

In addition, we want to give an update about the GoFundMe we launched a few weeks ago to help a worker burdened with unfair healthcare fees they incurred when signing up for the American Language Program offered by Columbia. While we ensure that this won’t happen to any other researcher, thanks to the outpouring support of postdocs and ARS the worker has received funds to cover more than 50% of this debt. Thanks everyone who donated and shared the campaign!

In solidarity, 

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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

[RSVP] Tomorrow! Union Discussion: Political Endorsements and the Mayoral Race

Our special membership meeting to discuss and approve an initial budget for our union will take place this Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m. The budget will consist of monthly expenditures such as Local employee salaries, insurance, and the cost of various software recommended for local union finances. 

Expenses made by our local are approved by the membership. The Financial Secretary will therefore provide an expense report at all future membership meetings. We can also vote to amend our budget or approve additional expenses (for grievances, arbitrations, etc.) at monthly membership meetings as needed.

RSVP here for the Special Meeting on Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m.

Tomorrow(Wednesday) from 5:30-8:20pm UAW-NYC will hold a forum forUAW Locals to interview some of the candidates running for Mayor of NYC. Our Local will have the opportunity to bring up questions that members discussed at last week’s CAP working group meeting. 

The meeting will also include a training on the new Rank Choice Voting system implemented in NYC this year, given by Alex Robins, a UAW member from Local 7902. You can see the schedule below and attend for any part you are interested in! 

RSVP for UAW’s Mayoral Forum+Rank Choice Vote Training on Wednesday, April 7th.

  • 5:40 Maya Wiley
  • 6:00 Katherine Garcia
  • 6:20 RCV Presentation
  • 7:00 Eric Adams
  • 7:20 Diane Morales
  • 7:40 Shaun Donovan
  • 8:00 Scott Stringer

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board and CAP working group

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

[RSVP] Tomorrow! Union Discussion: Political Endorsements and the Mayoral Race

This Thursday, April 1 at 6:30pm we will meet to discuss the work that our Local’s Community Action Program (CAP) working group has been doing. We will also discuss the process of endorsing political candidates through our union in NYC. 

Please RSVP here to share your thoughts about the mayoral candidates! 

The UAW Voluntary Community Action Program (V-CAP) pulls together the resources that UAW Locals in NYC receive from members’ voluntary donations (independent of membership dues) in order to support pro-worker political candidates who support the values of our union. Only citizens or green card holders can donate to the V-CAP, but by working together to shape our priorities we all can have an effect on the political process regardless of our immigration status.  

Our Local, along with other UAW unions, can vote on which candidates UAW-CAP endorses in NYC. With upcoming elections for 35 of 51 City council seats, all five Borough Presidents, Manhattan District Attorney, and Mayor (more information about each role here), our CAP working group has been busy collecting information and having conversations to determine which candidates best represent the interests and values of our members. On Thursday, we will hear a report about the candidates whom our Local has already voted to endorse and the upcoming mayoral race. 

RSVP for the meeting on our political endorsements here!

Following this meeting, on April 7th, the UAW-CAP will organize a Mayoral Forum with the following candidates for mayor: 

This Forum is open to all UAW members (more details on how to participate will be sent as the date approaches). Our Local will get to ask the Mayoral candidates one question. Come to our meeting on Thursday so that you can share your thoughts about the candidates and what question(s) we ought to ask them.

If you are unable to attend but you would still like to voice your opinion please, click here to share your thoughts

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board and CAP working group

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

Endorsement for the NYC mayoral race + Special Membership Meeting for Budget Approval

As briefly discussed at our last membership meeting, our Local, as part of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) participates in the process of endorsements of political candidates in NYC. Next Thursday April 1 at 6:30pm we will discuss the upcoming endorsement for the New York City mayoral race. 

Please, RSVP here to share your thoughts about the mayoral candidates

We will send more information about the meeting and the process of endorsement, but in addition, we will discuss which question our Local will get to ask the candidates at the upcoming mayoral forum organized by UAW-CAP on April 7th. This forum will be open to all UAW members (more details on how to participate will be sent as the date approaches). 

Finally, as discussed at our last membership meeting, we are calling a special membership meeting on Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and approve a budget for our union. This budget will consist of monthly expenditures such as Local employee salaries, insurance, and the cost of buying various software that are recommended to run our local. 

Any expenses made by the local have to be approved by the membership. The Financial Secretary will therefore provide an expense report at all our future membership meetings. We can also vote to amend our budget or approve additional expenses (for grievances, arbitrations, etc.) at monthly membership meetings as needed.

RSVP here for the Special Meeting on Thursday, April 8th, at 7:00 p.m.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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

[take action] Support striking grad workers + Statement against anti-Asian violence

This is a reminder that our colleagues, Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC), continue to strike for a fair contract this week. Picket lines will take place from 10-2pm at the Morningside Campus today and Friday, and at the Manhattanville campus on Thursday. Please stand with our colleagues fighting for a contract, even if you can only make it for a short time!

Please let us know if you can make it to a picket!

In addition, faculty at Columbia are circulating an Open Letter after the university’s proposed to have faculty serve on a panel to appeal cases of sexual harassment and discrimination affecting graduate workers. Columbia has since changed it’s position, but is still rejecting the same neutral arbitration protections that we have in our contract. If you know faculty members who would support a truly neutral process to address issues of harassment and discrimination, please encourage them to read and sign on to the Open Letter, which they can find at this link

Finally, our Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusion working group along with our Executive Board has published a statement from our Local condemning the rise of racist violence against Asian communities. If you want to get involved in your union in order to address racism at the university and the broader society, you can sign up for our working group on anti-racism, diversity and inclusion.

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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

Ongoing GWC Strike + Film screenings next week

At our last membership meeting we heard reports from our unionized colleagues, the Graduate Workers of Columbia, about their contract negotiations. Support from our union will help them win a fair contract, strengthen the collective voice of academic workers at Columbia and allow us to continue improving our working conditions by building on each other’s successes. 

Picket lines are taking place at all 3 Manhattan campuses from 10-2pm. We encourage you to join your postdoctoral colleagues standing in solidarity with Graduate Workers at their picket lines, even if it’s for a short period. Find more information about time and locations and RSVP here

On another note, we discussed the upcoming endorsement process for the New York City mayoral race through the UAW’s Community Action Program, and how this process can provide researchers with a bigger voice in national, state, and local politics, particularly for those of us who are on visas and cannot vote. Click here to join our Political Action working group discussing the endorsement process.

In addition, members provided details about three different virtual film screenings taking place next week that may be of interest:  

On Tuesday March 23 7-9pm

As part of UAW Region 9A work on fighting systemic racism, the Civil and Human Rights Council will premier the film “Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem.” After the documentary we will have a discussion with the producer of the film, some of our UAW siblings and formerly incarcerated panelists to learn about their experiences with the criminal justice system. See the flyer attached and RSVP here.

A powerful, emotional and important film. Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films leading the charge, once again. The film powerfully illustrates that every year America arrests, prosecutes, and jails millions of people, overwhelmingly Black and brown, for minor offenses. This is neither an accident nor inevitable. Watch, absorb, and then go out and take action….” – Anthony Romero/ Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

On Friday March 26, 6-8pm 

Screening of “In Silico” followed by Q&A with Director Noah Hutton – find more information here 

From Monday Apr 5, 2021, through Thursday, Apr 8, 2021

The Columbia Postdoctoral Society (CUPS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journal Club has organized a virtual screening of the 2020 documentary by Director Shalini Kantayya “CODED BIAS”. Find more information here

In Solidarity,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay informed about our union, check out columbiapostdocunion.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

[REMINDER] GWC Strike + Membership Meeting Tonight! March 15th @ 6pm

This is a reminder that our March Membership Meeting is tonight, March 15th at 6pm over zoom. Please click here to register for the meeting.

Among other topics, we will vote on a statement of support for our unionized teaching and research assistant colleagues who are now on strike for a fair contract. They have taken this decision after over two years of bargaining and a strike authorization vote in which a strong majority of workers voted 96% “yes” to authorize a strike. Click here to read our proposed statement.

We fought hard for the rights we won in our first contract, including hundreds of researchers signing an open letter committing to organize for a strike authorization vote if necessary. Now Columbia is withholding these same rights from our colleagues, like protections against sexual harassment and discrimination, union security, and fair compensation. For Postdocs and ARS, it’s important that graduate workers are successful in their negotiations. When both of our workforces have strong contracts – over 5,000 workers who drive the teaching and research mission of the university – we will all have a bigger collective voice at Columbia.

Please support our colleagues in their fight for a fair contract:

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns,

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

P.S. – To stay informed about our union, check out columbiapostdocunion.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

[UPDATE] We won a second emergency childcare benefit

We are pleased to announce that in response to the organizing and advocacy of parents in our Union during the ongoing pandemic-related childcare crisis, Columbia will offer employees with children under the age of 13 an additional crisis care benefit of up to 10 days between March 15th and April 16th.

This program provides reimbursement of up to $100/day for up to 10 days for out of pocket childcare costs incurred as a result of a pandemic-related breakdown of your normal childcare. You can find more details about the program here: https://worklife.columbia.edu/backupcare

Through our parents working group, researchers worked tirelessly while simultaneously juggling their own parenting and work responsibilities to call for emergency childcare support. In the face of the university’s initial resistance, we mobilized and organized, including a petition with hundreds of signatures, writing an op-ed, and making numerous calls to Interim Provost Katznelson’s office, rapidly filling his voicemail box to demonstrate the power of our collective voice to push for positive change at the university. 

The NIH has also extended a new childcare subsidy, announced last week, to students and postdoc NRSA fellowship holders of $2500 per budget period. These changes are in part the result of years of effort by academic workers in the UAW, representing over 60,000 university employees, to win greater recognition of the burdens faced by parents in academia. Through our union we can influence substantive change for all researchers. If you have any questions about how to make use of this subsidy or Columbia’s benefit, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

These successful initiatives show the importance of having a strong union. When we speak together, Columbia responds. This benefit is a huge step in the right direction, but still falls short of what is needed in this moment. Reaching majority membership will allow us to push even more for what we need.  Click here to get involved in our membership drive or join a working group to fight for what’s important to you!

Join us at our next membership meeting (Monday, March 15th at 6pm) to hear more about our initiatives to fight for better working conditions at Columbia and beyond. 

CPW-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board

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