CPW Timeline
2020

June 30: We reached a tentative agreement. Click for details

June 30: We reached a tentative agreement. Click for details

Our Bargaining Committee have reached a tentative agreement! After 16 months of bargaining and years of organizing we have won important improvements to our rights and working conditions. Please join us for a town hall Wed, 7/1 at 6:00pm.

June 24: Strike Authorization Vote Open Letter

June 24: Strike Authorization Vote Open Letter

More than 200 Postdoctoral and Associate Researchers who come from departments comprising 90% of our workforce sign a letter indicating that if the administration continues to dismiss our core priorities, we will insist that our Bargaining Committee proceed toward a strike authorization vote

June 8: Postdocs and Associate Researchers want stronger protections against harassment and discrimination. Click to listen why!

June 8: Postdocs and Associate Researchers want stronger protections against harassment and discrimination. Click to listen why!

Columbia can and must do better. Postdoc and Associate Researchers need a fair contract with stronger protections against discrimination, harassment and bullying.

May 27: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to listen why we deserve a fair contract!

May 27: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to listen why we deserve a fair contract!

Many Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. We are integral to Columbia University in the City of New York’s research mission and deserve a fair contract now.

April 27: CPW-UAW joins other Academic Union across the country asking Congress to protect Researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to send your letter

April 27: CPW-UAW joins other Academic Union across the country asking Congress  to protect Researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to send your letter

Across the country, UAW Academic Workers – from Columbia, to the University of Washington, to the University of California – came together to make our voices heard in Congress about the support we need to keep our universities and research thriving in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sending hundreds of letters to our congressional representatives to ask them to provide crucial resources to research related agencies and institutions.

April 21: Letter to NY and US Representatives supporting additional funding and resources to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Click to Read the Letter

April 21: Letter to NY and US Representatives supporting additional funding and resources to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Click to Read the Letter

Our elected bargaining committee sent a letter to NY and US Representatives asking for additional funding and resources to support Postdoctoral and Associate Research Scientists in their crucial role to solve the COVID-19 crisis.  

March 27: Outreach to Elected Representatives. Click to Read the Letter

March 27: Outreach to Elected Representatives. Click to Read the Letter

In an ongoing effort to  bargain a fair first contract by April 6th 2020, we asked to Representatives Meng, Nadler, Espaillat, Ocasio-Cortez, and Lowey to support our efforts to secure a fair agreement.  

March 26: Our Bargaining Committee sent a letter to the Administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

March 26: Our Bargaining Committee sent a letter to the Administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

Our elected bargaining committee sent a letter to the administration on the management of the research program at Columbia during the COVID-19 crisis. Our bargaining committee made requests to mitigate the impact on Postdoctoral and Associate Research Scientists.    

March 20: Town hall to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers.

March 20: Town hall to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers.

With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak only becoming more critical, we converted our online town hall into a space to discuss how the crisis is affecting researchers, bargaining and what we can do as a union to support each other and the broader community. Postdocs and Associte Researchers continue filling out our survey in regards to how COVID19 is affecting us and our research so our elected bargaining committee can have a better understanding of how researchers are being impacted.

March 13: Our bargaining committee sent a to the Columbia Board of Trustees for a fair contract by the April 6th deadline. 

March 13: Our bargaining committee sent a to the Columbia Board of Trustees for a fair contract by the April 6th deadline. 

On Friday March 13th, 2020 our elected bargaining committee sent this letter to the Columbia Board of Trustees to communicate our willingness to continue to bargain a fair agreement, either in person or virtually, before the April 6th deadline.

January 17: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW members met with Congresswoman Grace Meng

January 17: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW members met with Congresswoman Grace Meng

A delegation of researchers from our union and GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia, met with US Representative Grace Meng to explain our bargaining goals. Congresswoman Meng sits on the House Appropriations Committee that oversees the federal budget funding most of the research at Columbia.

January 16: CPW members delivered an open letter calling on Columbia to raise our salaries. Click to read the letter

January 16: CPW members delivered an open letter calling on Columbia to raise our salaries. Click to read the letter

Columbia’s lagging compensation practices undermine quality research. We delivered a letter from researchers spanning the entire Columbia community to Provost Katznelson and Dean Goldman urging the administration to do better.

2019

October 6: CPW members participate at the annual Velocity Ride for Cancer Research

October 6: CPW members participate at the annual Velocity Ride for Cancer Research

Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists joined other Columbia community members at the annual Velocity Ride. We are excited to be negotiating improvements to our working conditions so that we can produce better cancer research. Better Working Conditions = Better Research!

May 2019: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter to the President’s Office signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers for stronger protections against sexual and all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Click to read the letter

May 2019: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter to the President’s Office signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers for stronger protections against sexual and all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Click to read the letter

On May 20th, representatives of both CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers calling on Columbia to negotiate with us a for union contract that includes stronger and enforceable protections against harassment and discrimination, as this strong demonstration of support by a majority of academic workers at Columbia confirms.

March: Postdoc/ARS working groups help the Bargaining Committee write contract articles that address the issues of researchers at Columbia

March: Postdoc/ARS working groups help the Bargaining Committee write contract articles that address the issues of researchers at Columbia

Postdocs and Associate Researchers formed several Working Groups: Parents, Compensation, Housing, Healthcare, International Researchers and Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination, to help the Bargaining Committee analyze the feedback given in bargaining surveys filled by a majority of researchers and analyze the standards in other universities and union contracts.    

February 25 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW with Columbia’s administration. Click to Read Our Bargaining Goals

February 25 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW  with Columbia’s administration. Click to Read Our Bargaining Goals

On February 25th, our Bargaining Committee sat down for the first time with Columbia’s administration and presented our bargaining goals, strongly ratified by 98% of CPW-UAW members. This is an undeniable milestone in our history to negotiate for improved and more secure conditions to do our research.

February 13: We Stand in Solidarity with Nurses at Presbyterian Hospital

February 13: We Stand in Solidarity with Nurses at Presbyterian Hospital

Our Bargaining Committee joined  Presbyterian Hospital nurses on their picket line as they fought for a fair contract.

2018

December 2018: Columbia requested withdrawal of the request of review of our Union and majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Bargaining Survey. Click to fill one!

December 2018: Columbia requested withdrawal of the request of review of our Union and majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Bargaining Survey. Click to fill one!

Columbia, in accordance with the agreement, requested withdrawal of the request for review of our union, which was granted by the National Labor Relations Board on December 4th. Now that a majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Union Bargaining Surveys we are getting ready to start Bargaining soon!! The bargaining survey allows everyone to democratically shape what improvements our union bargains for. Having a majority of postdoctoral researchers fill out the bargaining surveys will allow our bargaining committee, to be in the best position to negotiate a strong contract.

November 2018: Columbia offers a pathway to bargaining and CPW and GWC voted in favor. Click to read it.

November 2018: Columbia offers a pathway to bargaining and CPW and GWC voted in favor. Click to read it.

As a result of all of our hard work over the last few years and GWC’s  strike (the Grad Union) Columbia University proposed a framework agreement to recognize and bargain with both Unions. Postdoctoral researcher voted 95% in favor of the agreement which also was approved by the Grad workers. We keep moving towards bargaining no later than February 25th 2018!!

November 2018: CPW-UAW elects the first Bargainng Committee

November 2018: CPW-UAW elects the first Bargainng Committee

After holding Town Halls across campuses discussing about the best composition of our Bargaining Committee to ensure we can win a first strong contract, we elected seven of our peers (plus an alternate) to represent us in the bargaining table with Columbia.