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!

[TODAY] Membership meeting at 6:30pm + Townhall to discuss anti-Bullying policy next Thursday

In this email you will find: 

  • Reminder – about today’s membership meeting at 6:30pm. RSVP to attend and check the proposed agenda here.
  • CPW+SWC Town Hall next Thursday 03/24 @5pm – to hear more and discuss recommendations made for an university-wide anti-bullying policy 
  • Update – Petition to win back retirement contributions frozen during the pandemic

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 on Thursday, 24 at 5 pm to hear more and provide feedback!

RSVP here for the anti-bullying policy Town Hall.

Petition to reclaim retirement contributions frozen during the pandemic: 

We are close to 400 signatures already in our petition requesting the university to give us back the retirement contributions frozen during the pandemic! 

  • Please, share the petition! Talk to Postodcs and ARSs colleagues, but also admin and faculty who were also affected by the freezing and whose signatures can help us meet our goal.
  • Like and share on social media! Spread the campaign and testimonials from colleagues at the university affected by the withholding.

Don’t hesitate to reach out or attend tonight’s membership meeting with any question, concern, and/or fresh ideas!

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!

[RSVP] March membership meeting next Thursday 03/17 at 6:30pm

RSVP for our March membership meeting Thursday 03/17 at 6:30pm

Topics proposed for report and discussion at our membership meeting: 

  • Our first Union-Management Committee meeting, where we discussed with the administration issues faced by Postdocs/ARSs such as appointment/reappointment delays, difficulties when applying for grants, and bullying. 
  • Campaign to win back retirement contributions launched by our Local and the Columbia Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (www.aaupcu.org) – add your signature here and feel free to distribute the attached flyer.
  • Progress of the university-wide committee discussing policy to address bullying and power-based harassment.
  • Difficulties increasing the childcare benefit for researchers at Zuckerman Institute
  • Our monthly Finances and Executive Board reports. 

And bring any other suggestions!  

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

petitionflyerfinal

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!

[ADD YOUR NAME] Petition to win back retirement contributions

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers along with the Columbia chapter of American Association of University Professors (AAUP-CU) are launching an online petition requesting Columbia to refund the retirement contributions of officers that were curtailed during the pandemic. 

You can read and sign the petition here

When adding your name, please fill in the TITLE, ORGANIZATION and DEPARTMENT fields in order to show support from across the university.

Background:

By the end of 2020, we were informed that in anticipation of a financial cataclysm, officers (research, instruction and administration) would see their retirement contributions “moderated” to a minimum, after a year when we all went the extra mile to maintain the university open. 

In September 2021 we learned that not only did these revenue losses never materialize, but Columbia earned $150M in profit and the endowment grew from $11.3B to $14.35B. Notably, similar measures at Johns Hopkins University were reversed upon a faculty-driven audit that proved no losses. 

This measure particularly hurts the future income of young researchers and early career faculty during a stage of our careers where we are starting to build for our future: a punishment rather than recognition for being ESSENTIAL during these unprecedented times. 

On February 25 the Executive Boards of our union and AAUP-CU sent a letter to the administration making this request but we have not heard any response yet. Therefore, we are requesting signatures of support to the letter demanding that Columbia University retroactively refunds lost retirement contributions to all officers of the university as a gesture of solidarity with essential workers.

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!

Friday, March 4, 2022 UAW Region 9A Newsletter

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! 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!


UAW Region 9A stands in solidarity with our siblings and family from both Ukraine and Russia. We hope that strategic political and diplomatic solutions being set forth will protect and support families from both countries and minimize the harm and destruction.


MATTHEW DONLEVY UAW LOCAL 2322

I’ve worked as a Union Rep at 2322 since June of last year and represent the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), the Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union (RAPMU) as well as Postdoctoral Researcher Organizing (PRO) all on the UMass Amherst campus. I got heavily involved with GEO upon matriculation into a graduate program in 2013; first as general agitator or management, then as a departmental steward and finally as the chief negotiation of GEO’s 2017-2020 contract. During that time I also worked closely with the local through service on the elections committee, finance committee and through solidarity actions with our other units such as ServiceNet. In 2018 I moved back south to take care of my mother, and had the pleasure to work with UCW-CWA in TN, as a rank and filer, to organize faculty and staff. I learned a lot about organizing and representing workers who live in a hostile state, don’t have contracts/recognized unions, and who keenly felt a lack of power and control – especially under pandemic conditions. Now I’m back in Western Mass, and ready to kick UMass @ss. I regretted not getting more involved with 2322 before, graduate school devoured my time, but I’m glad to be back and to be making up for it. I’ve always appreciated our local, and GEO in particular, for its assertive defense of members as well as its courage to take cutting edge, and sometimes unpopular, stances on political and economic issues that impact the working class.

I did not have much of a chance to involve myself with 9A before beyond smaller things like participating in lobby day, presenting Region positions at the most recent constitutional convention or supporting other higher ed locals in their organizing and bargaining efforts. 

I’ve worked as a Union Rep at 2322 since June of last year and represent the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), the Resident Assistant/Peer Mentor Union (RAPMU) as well as Postdoctoral Researcher Organizing (PRO) all on the UMass Amherst campus. I got heavily involved with GEO upon matriculation into a graduate program in 2013; first as general agitator or management, then as a departmental steward and finally as the chief negotiation of GEO’s 2017-2020 contract. During that time I also worked closely with the local through service on the elections committee, finance committee and through solidarity actions with our other units such as ServiceNet. In 2018 I moved back south to take care of my mother, and had the pleasure to work with UCW-CWA in TN, as a rank and filer, to organize faculty and staff. I learned a lot about organizing and representing workers who live in a hostile state, don’t have contracts/recognized unions, and who keenly felt a lack of power and control – especially under pandemic conditions. Now I’m back in Western Mass, and ready to kick UMass @ss. I regretted not getting more involved with 2322 before, graduate school devoured my time, but I’m glad to be back and to be making up for it. I’ve always appreciated our local, and GEO in particular, for its assertive defense of members as well as its courage to take cutting edge, and sometimes unpopular, stances on political and economic issues that impact the working class.

I did not have much of a chance to involve myself with 9A before beyond smaller things like participating in lobby day, presenting Region positions at the most recent constitutional convention or supporting other higher ed locals in their organizing and bargaining efforts. 

Now, I hope to do so through much of the same, but by also taking a more active role in the many committees and working groups that are doing important labor on behalf of our members in the Region. And I think you should too! Personally I’ve never been much of a hobby person, but I’m working on it – the pandemic made that a necessity! Recently I’ve been doing a lot of hiking (finished a 5 day hike in Chile not too long ago), semi-successful cooking, reading/cocktail groups with friends, and involving myself as much as I can in local activism. I also like motorcycles, hosting dinners and tastefully cyber-bullying backwards local politicians. I’m always down to try new hobbies though; if any of you know how to play the banjo or how not to kill house plants please contact me directly.

I’ve always had a sharp understanding of power and justice – that was cultivated in me early by some of the things I experienced growing up. I refined that understanding in undergrad, and by the time I got to UMass joining GEO was as self-evident as breathing. Unions, at their best, are one of the few bulwarks the working class (and workers in general) have against the rampant material and social indignities of racialized capitalism. I’ve always been interested in growing union spaces to be the vehicle of a radical cross-everything solidarity that we all desperately need, and are unlikely to find otherwise in our lives. My goals for my local, and the labor movement more broadly, are to achieve just that. To be relevant spaces of worker power where we can labor together towards a vision of the future where we actually exist. 


UAW REGION 9A WELCOMES LOCAL 2710 STUDENT WORKERS OF COLUMBIA!

On February 22, 2022, UAW International President Ray Curry and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Stuglin Chartered UAW Region 9A’s newest local union, Student Workers of Columbia! The local chose the number 2710 to memorialize the day they walked into Columbia University President Lee Bollinger’s class calling on the University for a fair contract.


GEU-UAW LOCAL 6950 CONTRACT UPDATE

Yesterday, Local 6950 GA Bargaining Team reached tentative agreement on their third contract with UConn! This tentative agreement builds on their previous two contracts and continues to improve the working conditions of Graduate Assistants at the University. Members will vote to ratify the contract beginning next week. After ratification, the  contract will then be submitted for legislative approval. Some of the contract wins include: – a 15% wage increases over the 4 years of the contract with 4% raises in the first year- maintain quality healthcare at an affordable price- won protections against bullying and power-based harassment- expand the childcare reimbursement fund from $160,000 to $225,000 each year- recognition and accommodations for members to celebrate cultural and religious holidays 


CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN AT COLT FIREARMS – UAW LOCAL 376

UAW Local 376 hit the bargaining table today opening up contract negotiations with their oldest legacy unit of workers at Colt Firearms in West Hartford, CT.  President Craig smith and the unit bargaining  team are ready to fight for improved compensation and benefits and work rules. 


ARBITRATION UPDATE FROM UAW LOCAL 405

My name is William Lenworth and I’ve been a member of UAW Local 405 for nine years at Triumph Engine Control System in West Hartford, CT. Having a union has made a difference in my life. Ten months ago, my employer unfairly terminated me. The union filed for arbitration, fought for my job and was able to reach a settlement stipulation getting me back to work. It has been a difficult journey for me, but without a union I would have not been able to recover my job. Union strong!


UAW REGION 9A DIRECTOR BEVERLEY BRAKEMAN AND MEMBERS TESTIFY IN CT IN SUPPORT OF REVENUE GENERATOR AND CAPTIVE AUDIENCE BILLS

On March 3, 2022, UAW Region 9A Regional Director Beverley Brakeman testified in front of Connecticut’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee in support of three bills designed to generate much needed revenue to support housing, education, food security, and other safety net programs that Connecticut residents need. As a member of the Recovery For All Coalition, Beverley highlighted how these bills could make a significant difference in people’s lives, drawing upon a very personal experience in her own life with one of her daughters and her ex-husband. You can read Beverley’s testimony here. Links to specific bills: SB21SB28 and SB29.

On March 4, 2022, UAW Region 9A Regional Director Beverley Brakeman testified in front of Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee in support of SB163: An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech Conscience. This bill would establish a new state minimum labor standard to allow employees to refuse to attend employer-mandated captive audience meetings regarding the employer’s opinion on religious or political matters (including union organizing) would permit employees to leave the meeting and return to work. Employees would have the right to make their own decisions about their own workplace interests, rather than being harassed and coerced to vote in the employer’s financial interest. This bill is a priority this legislative session not only for us, but for the CT AFL-CIO. There is also an effort underway to pass a similar bill in New York as well. You can read Beverley’s testimony here.



 


LABOR LINKS OF INTEREST

  1. Vice President Terry Dittes Announces Retirement
  2. March 7 – Join IAM District Council 15 Local Lodge 447 Members on the Picket Line
  3. CT Insider Article on Revenue Generators Bill Quoting Beverley Brakeman
  4. Workers Urge Legislature to Protect Workers Organizing into Unions From Captive Audience Meetings
  5. 51st International Convention of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
  6. Official Call to the UAW Education Committees Conference April 24 – 29, 2022
  7. Official Call to the UAW Chaplaincy Conference May 1 – 6, 2022
  8. Official Call to the UAW National CAP Conference May 15 – 18, 2022
  9. Official Call to the UAW 2022 Constitutional Convention

Sincerely and In Solidarity,

Bev and Region 9A Staff

Stewards and Executive Board Election Results

We have sent this same email with our new email account postdocunion@uaw4100.org. If you did not get it in your inbox, please check your spam folders. You can check our troubleshooting instructions here.

The deadline to accept steward and executive board nominations closed on Friday, February 26th at 11:59 PM ET. We can now announce that the following candidates have been elected in their position by acclamation (they ran unopposed):

Executive Board Positions:

  • Recording Secretary: Giuseppe Federico Amodeo (Neurology)
  • Guide: Enrica Calzoni (Pediatrics)

Stewards Positions:

  • CUMC District 6: Sreeharsha Gurrapu (Cancer Center)

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 Slack, Twitter and Facebook!

Report from membership meeting + important updates

Yesterday was President’s Day and a holiday for CUIMC recognized in our contract. As always, remember that if you had to work you can request an alternative day off. 

In this email you will find: 

  • A report from our last membership meeting
  • Another report from yesterday’s anti-bullying working group – RSVP here to attend future meetings on Mondays at 4pm
  • An update on requesting the reimbursement of the retirement benefits that were frozen due to the pandemic
  • A reminder that the period of nomination for positions in our union is open. Click here for details
  • The announcement that we have a new email address for our union: postdocunion@uaw4100.org that we will start using regularly. Please check your inbox and spam folders to make sure you receive all our communications.

Report from last membership meeting

As per some members’ request, at our last membership meeting, we discussed whether to join the union for Student Workers at Columbia (SWC). Over 100 members joined the meeting for this fundamental discussion. The motion, whether SWC should be allowed to join our local at this time, failed with 15 votes in favor, 67 against and 4 abstain. A complete tally of the votes is available upon request.

While the discussion was confusing at times (as we keep learning to conduct our meetings in an efficient manner and according to our bylaws), it was clear that there is broad agreement on all sides that we should develop a close collaboration with SWC and stand in solidarity with each other’s priorities. While we prepare for negotiations of our second contract and organize around some of the priorities detailed in this email, we will also take concrete steps to meet regularly with SWC members and organize together. If members choose to, a vote to merge with SWC can be taken again in the future. 

Report from yesterday’s anti-bullying working group

Yesterday, members of our union met to discuss a report from the university-wide anti-bullying committee that is getting close to a full draft of its policy recommendation for the university. The working group meets on Mondays at 4pm on zoom. Please RSVP here if you want to join the postdoc/ARS anti-bullying working group to provide feedback on the draft policy.

As discussed with members of SWC already, we propose to strengthen the already existing collaboration between CPW and SWC representatives in the university-wide anti-bullying working group, by holding town halls for both units to discuss the final recommendations and a collective campaign.

Update on lost retirement contributions

The recently formed Columbia chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which includes a diverse group of faculty, has agreed to partner with our union in a university-wide petition to reimburse the retirement contributions that were frozen in 2021 due to pandemic-related financial decisions. This will be an online petition so stay tuned for more information via email and social media. 

Please, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments and thoughts. 

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW 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!

[Today] February Membership Meeting at 6:30pm on Zoom + Other events

Reminder about membership meeting today 02/17/22 at 6:30pm on zoom (More information here). You can find the proposed agenda below and if you have not had the chance yet you can RSVP in this link:

RSVP here for our zoom membership meeting.

University-wide anti-bullying working group

In addition, the university wide anti-bullying committee is getting close to a full draft of its policy recommendation for the university. Please join the postdoc/ARS anti-bullying working group to provide feedback on the draft policy. The working group meets on Mondays at 4pm on zoom. Please RSVP here if you want to join!

Membership meeting agenda proposal

  • Call to order – 1min
  • Additions/changes/deletions to the agenda – 2min
  • Approval of agenda – 1min
  • Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting – 2min
  • Elections Committee announcement – 3min
  • Quick announcements – 5min
  • January report from the Financial Secretary – 5min
  • Discussion and vote [“yes, no or abstain”] “on whether the SWC should be allowed to join our local” – 40min
  • Adjournment – 1min

To conduct the discussion in an orderly manner we follow the parliamentary procedure used in most Local Unions and community organization meetings outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order. 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. You can find a cheat sheet with the most commonly used rules here.

In solidarity,

CPW-UAW 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!