As workers represented by UAW, postdocs and ARSs have access to UAW’s Strike and Defense Fund after losing pay for participating in a strike. Strike benefits are $500 per week in strike pay, along with medical benefits in the event that Columbia withholds healthcare benefits. 

In order to access the Strike Benefits a postdoc/ARS is expected to complete a total of 5 picket shifts and related duties per week. We will have tables at the picket lines to sign up online for strike benefits. You can sign up for picket duties here: 

In addittion, once the strike starts, we also will launch a hardship fund and will be fundraising to provide further assistance to workers who experience emergency financial hardship due to lost pay. Contact ( with questions you don’t see answered here.