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.

[RSVP] April membership meeting next Thursday 04/21/22 at 6:30pm

Our April membership meeting will take place on Thursday April 21 at 6:30pm. 

RSVP for our April membership meeting!

Topics proposed for report and discussion at our membership meeting: 

  • Proposal to start in person/hybrid meetings for our union
  • Upcoming elections for our Local 
  • Reports and discussion about the campaign to win back retirement contributions and the Anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility working group.
  • Our monthly Finances and Executive Board reports. 

And bring any other suggestions!  

REMINDER!! Bullying policy recommendations Town Hall same day at 5pm – Click here for RSVP link and more details

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.

CUMC Union Table tomorrow 12-2pm + CPW & SWC Town Hall next Thursday followed by April membership meeting

Join us tomorrow for a table at CUMC to meet some postdoc colleagues, get some coffee and snacks and discuss our current campaigns and your priorities for your union. 
We will be at Haven Plaza from 12-2pm. 

Bullying policy recommendations Town Hall next Thursday at 5pm

Members of our union along with members of the Student Workers of Columbia have been working on the university-wide working group to draft policy recommendations against bullying and power based harassment. You can provide feedback using a google form (click here for details) and join us to share your thoughts and discuss next steps. 

RSVP for the virtual anti-bullying policy Town Hall next Thursday 04/21 at 5pm.

April membership meeting

Following the anti-bullying townhall we will have our April membership meeting at 6:30pm. Keep an eye in your inbox for the announcement, zoom link and proposed topics. 

In solidarity, 

CPW-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, Facebook and Slack.

Give feedback to the anti-bullying policy recommendations

Over the last six months, members of our union have been participating in the university-wide anti-bullying working group to develop anti-bullying policy recommendations for the university. We are happy to announce that a draft of the policy recommendations is ready for circulation and community feedback before its final version is delivered to the Provost. You can access it here.

Add any suggestions or comments using this link 

The whole working group (members are listed in Appendix A of the policy recommendation)  would see any comments submitted through this form. If you prefer to contact us directly feel free to respond to this email or attend our next Town Hall meeting along with SWC members on the week of April 18. Keep an eye for the final date! 

In solidarity, 

Etienne and Tulsi on behalf of CPW anti-bullying working group

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

Friday, March 25, 2022 UAW Region 9A Newsletter

Friday, March 25, 2022

Thanks for reading this week’s newsletter! We hope you find the information contained herein valuable. If so, please feel free to share our subscription link!

NEW THIS WEEK! Download a PDF Version of the Newsletter HERE!

We love to highlight local unions and members! If you have something you want announced, have a member you want to suggest we highlight, tell us about a great new contract, or announce a new group of workers joining our union email it to Cathie!


URMILA MOHAN, JOINT COUNCIL, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS COME TOGETHER (ACT) UAW LOCAL 7902

My name is Urmila Mohan and I am on the Joint Council, New York University (NYU), in Academics Come Together (ACT) UAW Union Local 7902. I serve with our union’s Communication and Arts Team or CATS, developing content for our Instagram account (@act_uaw7902). I also help with programming for BookPAC, our Local’s reading group. Both these roles are a great way to stay connected, discover shared interests, and energize and educate our colleagues. As an anthropologist (PhD, 2015, University College London), I research and publish on how materiality and sociality aids power flows in various contexts. As an Adjunct Professor at NYU, I frame museums and archives as sites of civic engagement. On a similar note, I’d like to see our Local and the wider UAW sustain nurturing and productive relationships with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) members so that racial and social justice become true fundamentals of our collective solidarity.


ANGIE MURPHY, UAW LOCAL 2377 AND UAW REGION 9A CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CO-CHAIR TESTIFIES BEFORE CT APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

On March 25, 2022, Angie Murphy, UAW Region 9A Civil and Human Rights Co-Chair and Financial Secretary of UAW Local 2377, testified before the Connecticut Appropriations Committee in support of HB 5437: An Act Concerning Equity and the Governor’s Budget. This bill would require Governors to include in their proposed budget documents an explanation about how the provisions of the budget further the Governor’s efforts to ensure equity in the State. Angie’s testimony discussed the rising economic inequality in one of the wealthiest states in the country and how making equity a cornerstone of the budgeting process from the beginning would prioritize spending where it makes the most impact to address the greatest needs and repair past harms. If you are interested in reading Angie’s testimony, click here.


UAW LOCAL 3999 BATH MARINE DRAFTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION (BMDA) RATIFIES NEW CONTRACT AT GENERAL DYNAMICS, BATH IRON WORKS, IN BATH, MAINE

The four-year contract was ratified with 72 percent support from the members and consists of 3 percent wage increases each year, cost-of-living adjustments as a hedge against inflation, stable health insurance premiums and copayments and greater company contributions to health savings accounts, a short-term disability plan to provide 50 percent of a worker’s wage. Contract language improvements also include work schedule flexibility and work from home options. Local 3999 members perform the design, configuration and data management, tests, and production support for U.S. Navy ships. Congratulations on a job well done!


GEU-UAW LOCAL 6950 RATIFIES THEIR CONTRACT BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY

On Wednesday evening, Graduate Assistants (GAs) at the University of Connecticut (Local 6950) ratified their contract with 98.5% of members voting “Yes” to approve the contract! The contract is expected to be ratified by the University’s Board of Trustees next week and then will be submitted to the CT General Assembly for approval. If approved, the contract will go into effect on July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2026.

Local 6950 represents over 2000 GAs and nearly 170 postdoctoral researchers at the University of Connecticut.


HGSU-UAW LOCAL 5118 MEMBERS ATTEND EVENT WITH REPRESENTATIVE AYANNA PRESSLEY

UAW is a member of a coalition in MA to fight against Big Tech’s ballot initiative that would rewrite worker and consumer protection laws in Massachusetts. On Saturday, March 12, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley held a press conference to announce her endorsement of the coalition and pledged to fight against Big Tech. “We affirm that people matter more than profits. We reject the idea that Big Tech is exempt from the requirement and responsibility to pay workers a living wage, provide paid leave, or to enforce anti-discrimination laws,” said Pressley. You can read more about the coalition and the event here. HGSU-UAW Local 5118 members, Maya Anjur-Dietrich and Ricky Sanchez, and Mikayla Robinson, Servicing Rep, are pictured with Congresswoman Pressley.


REGION 9A UAW MA LOBBY DAY REPORT

On March 15th, our Massachusetts CAP Council held a successful remote lobby day to make our voices heard on the many budget and legislative priorities that are important to our locals, our members, and the residents of the Commonwealth. We had 26 members across our Massachusetts locals who volunteered their time to meet with Legislators. Overall, we completed 35 appointments throughout the entire morning, across 5 lobbying teams. The most exciting part of the day was at the top of the program when we were greeted by our Regional Director Beverley Brakeman and four distinguished speakers who are all former UAW members – Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Christine Barber, Representative Tram Nguyen, and Senator Lydia Edwards. If you are interested in reviewing the CAP Council’s 2022 Legislative Agenda, click here.


THE SISTERHOOD DISCUSSION

On Wednesday evening, twelve Region 9A women gathered on zoom to tape our upcoming Sisterhood Discussion to be aired on Monday March 28th. See the flyer!

Joining this roundtable discussion were women and those who identify as women from defense, legal services, gaming, manufacturing, technical office and professional, municipal and higher education. Our moderator Christine Williamson from UAW Local 2377 in Stamford did a great job getting this diverse group engaged around work and the pandemic and our union.

Join us to watch the first ever Region 9A Sisterhood Discussion featuring

Top left to right:

Savanah Cormier Local 3999 Bath Iron Works

Beverley Brakeman Region 9A

Kavin Wyatt Region 9A Education Rep

Michelle Browne Local 2320 National Organization of Legal Services Workers

Corinthia Carter Unit Chair Legal Services Staff Association Local 2320 National Organization of Legal Services Workers

Christine Williamson Local 2377 Stamford

Cara Jackson Vice President Local 6950 University of Connecticut Graduate Employee Union

Annie Larson Unit Chair NYU Adjunct Faculty Local 7902 ACT UAW

Denise Gladue Financial Secretary Local 2121 Foxwoods Resort and Casino

Amy Stephenson 2nd Vice President Local 572 Electric Boat

Vilma Mulholland President Local 2179

Deloris Harmon Local 379 Jacobs Vehicle




LABOR LINKS OF INTEREST

  1. BMDA 2022 Contract Ratification Press Release
  2. Official Call to the UAW Education Committees Conference April 24 – 29, 2022
  3. Official Call to the UAW Chaplaincy Conference May 1 – 6, 2022
  4. Official Call to the UAW National CAP Conference May 15 – 18, 2022
  5. 51st International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) May 25-30, 2022
  6. UAW Family Scholarship Program Application June 19 – 24, 2022
  7. Official Call to the UAW 2022 Constitutional Convention July 25 – 28, 2022
  8. A. Philip Randolph Institute’s 51st National Education Conference July 27-31, 2022

Sincerely and In Solidarity,

Bev and the Region 9A Staff

Feedback period on power-based harassment survey results + SWC & CPW Town Hall on anti-bullying policy

We are having an open review and feedback period on the report from the survey on power-based harassment conducted last year. The survey report highlights the current bullying problem at Columbia University and conveys the importance of having a strong policy against abuse/bullying at Columbia. This report will be an important tool to ensure that the anti-bullying recommendations we are currently developing in a university-wide committee are actually implemented into policy by the university.

If you would like to provide feedback on the current draft of the survey report, please respond to this email and we will send you a link to the Google Docs. You can provide feedback by commenting on the document, and/or by coming to one of our working group meetings (Monday 3/21 or 3/28 at 4pm; please email us to get the Zoom link). The feedback period will be open until 3/31. After that, we will finalize the report and begin disseminating it in April.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey and helped out!

THIS THURSDAY!! CPW+SWC Town Hall on anti-bullying policy recommendations

In our first contract, we won the right to a university-wide committee that would design an anti-bullying policy recommendation for the university and include representatives from both of our union, CPW-UAW and the union for Student Workers, SWC-UAW. The committee is very close to making its recommendations! 

Join us for a town hall with CPW + SWC members this Thursday, 24 at 5 pm to hear more and provide feedback!
RSVP here for the anti-bullying policy Town Hall.

In solidarity,

CPW-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 Slack, Twitter and Facebook!