The short answer is a lot. Specific impacts include:
At the University of Washington, the union for Academic Student Employees (ASEs), Postdocs and Research Scientists-UAW 4121 reached an agreement with the administration after going on a weeklong strike. The agreement increased the minimum salary for postdocs and staff scientists between 15 and 33 percent, provided increased protections against harassment and layoffs, and eased the ability for staff scientists to reach principal investigator status.
At the University of California, postdocs and academic researchers in UAW Local 5810 went on strike for two weeks and won a nearly 20 percent increase in their annual salary, an increase in paid family leave from four to eight weeks, increased childcare subsidies, longer appointments and transportation benefits.
For us, it is clear that Columbia will also move when presented with the threat of a strike. Once we announced the results of our overwhelming Strike Authorization Vote Columbia administration for the first time engaged in discussions about housing support and accepted to make any salary raises retroactive to July 1.