According to the regional NLRB election order, eligible voters included Postdoctoral Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Research Scholars, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Associate Research Scientists and Associate Research Scholars who were employed during the payroll period ending September 15, 2018, and those paid by stipends on September 1, 2018.

Voting times and locations were:

October 2nd

  • Morningside, Earl Hall, 2nd floor Auditorium 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • CUMC, Hammer Building, Study Hall LL1-104 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • Manhattanville, Jerome L. Greene Science Center, Room L7-119, 7th floor 1pm-3pm
  • Lamont Doherty, Geoscience Center, Room 113 11am-1pm (not Sutton House)
  • Nevis Laboratory, Irvington, NY, Library 136 Broadway 10am-11am

October 3rd

  • Morningside, Earl Hall, 2nd floor Auditorium 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • CUMC, Hammer Building, Study Hall LL1-104 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm
  • Lamont Doherty, Geoscience Center, Room 113 11am-1pm

The University challenged the makeup of the union. The administration claimed that “Postdoctoral trainees are merely ‘trainees,’” that we “seek positions at Columbia not as a job or as a career, but instead for educational and training purposes“ and that “The tasks performed by postdoctoral trainees are fundamentally educational and are part of their training.” They argued that Postdoctoral Scientists/Scholars and Fellows should therefore be denied the right to a union altogether. They also argued that, even if the NLRB were to allow Postdocs to have a union, that Associate Research Scientists did not belong in a union with Postdocs because the work is too different and they do not share a “community of interest.” We had two days of hearings at the NLRB.