Reminder-Voting on the Tentative Agreement Continues

Click here to participate in our CPW-UAW contract ratification vote. Voting on whether to ratify our tentative agreement with Columbia ...
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Voting on the Tentative Agreement Now Open

Click here to participate in our CPW-UAW contract ratification vote. Voting on whether to ratify our tentative agreement with Columbia ...
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We Have a Tentative Agreement!

Our elected bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement for our first contract with the Columbia administration. We are very ...
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The clock is ticking

With our June 30 deadline looming, we have been tirelessly negotiating with Columbia to resolve our differences and come to ...
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Provost comes to bargaining as June 30 approaches

Sign the open letter to the administration demanding a fair contract We had a short surprise visit from interim Provost ...
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Inches forward, but major differences remain

In our latest bargaining session yesterday, we exchanged more proposals on Compensation, Non-Discrimination, Leaves of Absence and Union Security. We ...
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Columbia makes biggest moves yet but still comes up short

Columbia made its most substantial economic proposal yet in yesterday’s bargaining session, but the University’s overall package of proposals still ...
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Join us for a CPW-UAW Virtual Town Hall Thursday 6/25 at 1:00pm

After over a year of negotiating, we’ve reached tentative agreements with the University on many issues. In recent months, the ...
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What does bargaining with the Columbia administration look like?

As Columbia proceeds toward a fuller research ramp-up, the administration bargaining team continues to resist certain improvements for Postdoc and ...
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Possible Executive Order restricting non-immigrant visa entry

A number of immigration law firms are reporting that the Trump Administration is preparing an executive order to be released in the ...
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Columbia still trying to use COVID to compromise our rights

Postdoc and Associate Researchers speak out on discrimination, harassment and bullying Columbia must do better. While we are still negotiating ...
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Columbia needs to pick up the pace toward a fair agreement

In our latest bargaining session Monday, we continued to make modest progress on some of the core non-economic issues remaining ...
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Moving back in the right direction, but Columbia can still do better

Recent Postdoc and Associate Researcher actions appear to have had some positive effect on Columbia’s approach to our negotiations and ...
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Concerns about safety in the lab next week?

Please click here if you are concerned about returning to work next week Although the University has not announced a ...
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Tell Columbia – We Need a Fair Contract now More than Ever

Please Sign our Letter to the Admin Demanding a Fair Contract We clearly need to send a stronger message to ...
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[petition] Tell Columbia to Agree to a Fair Contract

Tell Columbia to respect researchers by agreeing to a fair contract as we all take on COVID-19. As a group, ...
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Write to Congress to Protect Academic Workers!

Click here–write Congress now to protect Researchers and other Academic Workers. Join us in sending a letter to congress with ...
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Time for Columbia to make a fair offer

Compared to last week, when Columbia’s team withdrew proposed salary increases and accused us of wasting time during the COVID-19 ...
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Columbia Now Citing COVID-19 to move Backwards in Bargaining

Read the CPW-UAW Bargaining Committee letter urging Congress to increase research funding After several sessions where we believed we were ...
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More COVID-19 and Bargaining Updates

Follow the CPW-UAW FB Page as we fight to finish a fair contract! After meeting again with the Columbia administration ...
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Bargaining during the crisis

The CPW-UAW bargaining committee continues working toward a fair agreement–see our latest bargaining update is below. We want to start ...
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COVID-19 and Bargaining Updates

First, we want to give a shout out and thanks to all the Postdoc and Associate Researchers, as well as ...
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Updates on COVID-19 and Continuation of Negotiations Toward our First Contract

Thanks to everyone who has filled out the CPW-UAW survey on the impact of COVID-19 in our workplace. The feedback ...
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UPDATE: CPW COVID-19 Online Town Hall, Friday @ 1:00pm

Join us on Friday, March 20 to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers. With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak only becoming ...
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CPW Online Town Hall March 20th @ 1:00pm

Online Town Hall this Friday: RSVP for our Online Town Hall on Friday March 20th from 1:00-2:00pm. With only three ...
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COVID-19 and Our Contract Negotiations

As the situation with COVID19 continues to develop, we are committed to working toward the safety and wellbeing of all ...
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Continuing to move (slowly) in the right direction

    With roughly four weeks to go before our April 6 deadline, we had another somewhat productive bargaining session ...
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Constructive dialogue continues, but time is of the essence

Please share your thoughts on bullying, harassment and discrimination at Columbia. In our last bargaining session on Thursday, we did ...
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Share your thoughts on Bullying and Harassment at Columbia

Please click here to share your thoughts confidentially on why we need stronger protections on bullying, harasment and discrimination. After ...
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Columbia starting to listen?

Sign our open letter asking Congressional representatives for support! In bargaining Wednesday, we got the first serious indication that Columbia ...
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Sign our open letter to NYC area members of Congress calling for their support!

Sign our open letter to NYC area members of Congress calling for their support! As we approach April 6, 2020, ...
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More agreements, but Columbia Needs to Start Prioritizing Excellence and Equity

Join us for a bargaining update town hall at the Lamont-Doherty Campus. Please RSVP here. Our bargaining committee will be ...
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The voice of Columbia researchers drives us toward a fair contract

Click here to read “Postdocs and the Price of Prestige at Columbia University” In our latest bargaining session on Friday, ...
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Read CPW supporters opinion piece in the Spectator

Click here – great opinion piece on the need for Postdoc/Associate salary increases! “We care deeply about our work, but ...
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Columbia out of touch with life as a Postdoc

In actions across campus and the community over recent days, we sent a clear message that Columbia needs to dramatically ...
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Join us in delivering our Open Letter tomorrow & bargaining on 1/17, 9:30am

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone has had a good start to 2020. Please join us in showing Columbia ...
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Commitments on workplace harassment but more progress needed

In our bargaining session on Thursday last week, we discussed Recognition, Intellectual Property, Non-Discrimination and Harassment, and Grievance and Arbitration ...
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We need stronger protections against workplace harassment now!

Next week, we will be holding town halls to discuss the current status of our campaign to win improvements in ...
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Union Town Halls and 21st Bargaining Session Update

We will be holding town halls to discuss the current status of our campaign to win improvements in our first ...
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Continuing to work for equity and inclusion at Columbia

In our latest bargaining session late last week, our main objective was to continue emphasizing how our proposals on Leaves ...
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Bargaining Thursday, 11/14, 12:30-4:00 at Studebaker

RSVP here to join us this Thursday at 12:30 for our 20th bargaining session. We are excited to be bargaining ...
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More work ahead on bullying and harassment

In our latest bargaining session this week, we had further discussion on a handful of proposals, but reached no new ...
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UPDATE ON BARGAINING COMMITTEE VACANCY ELECTION

In regards to the CPW-UAW Bargaining Committee Vacancy Election scheduled to be on Thursday, October 17th, 2019, one of the ...
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NOTICE OF VACANCY ELECTION CPW-UAW BARGAINING COMMITTEE

See below for the official notice of the Bargaining Committee Vacancy Election on Thursday, October 17th, 2019. Candidate statements, the guide to ...
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A little progress, with bigger challenges ahead

In our latest bargaining session with the Columbia team yesterday, we made a little bit more progress even as we ...
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NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND VACANCY ELECTION FOR THE UNION BARGAINING COMMITTEE (Two [2] positions)

CPW-UAW Notice of Nomination NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND VACANCY ELECTION FOR THE UNION BARGAINING COMMITTEE (two [2] positions) October 2, ...
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Join CPW at the Velocity Bike Ride & 17th Bargaining Update

Join us at the Velocity Ride to End Cancer! On Sunday, October 6th, some of us will be handing out ...
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We passed our remaining economic articles

We presented all of our remaining economic proposals on Monday’s bargaining session. While we can make additional proposals if we ...
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Union Update: We Introduced our Economic Proposals

We had a short bargaining session on Thursday where we presented initial proposals on our major economic topics. We made ...
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Columbia ends bargaining session early

Thanks to the everyone who attended bargaining yesterday. Unfortunately, we had another challenging bargaining session with Columbia. We had further ...
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One of our more frustrating sessions

We had a frustrating bargaining session yesterday. While we hoped to come closer to and/or reach tentative agreements on several ...
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Agreement on Workload Protections Reached!

We had a short bargaining session yesterday, as well as a separate Health and Safety-focused bargaining subcommittee meeting at the ...
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CU Says Protections Against Bullying will Hinder Research

Click here if you would like to share your experience with us on why having stronger protections against bullying and ...
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Progress and Ongoing Challenges

Yesterday, we had an eventful bargaining session with some progress and many updates. We are happy to report that we ...
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Bargaining Update and Town Halls

In our latest bargaining session this week, another postdoc gave compelling testimonial about bullying, discrimination and harassment, we had constructive ...
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Bargaining Update Town Halls! July 2nd-July 5th

Since winning our union election last October by an overwhelming 68%, we have completed surveys from a majority of postdocs ...
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A Lively Bargaining Session

Thanks to all our colleagues who joined us at our lively bargaining session with Columbia on Monday.  We spent most ...
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A majority of us demand real recourse against harassment and discrimination!

In our seventh bargaining session, we presented the administration with our open letter signed by a majority of Postdocs and ...
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Columbia Postdoc Union Bargaining Update

We are planning to present our harassment and discrimination proposal in our next session. If you have not yet signed our ...
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Columbia Postdoc Union Bargaining Update

Yesterday we completed our fifth bargaining session with the University. Our bargaining committee continued to discuss several proposals we had ...
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Bargaining Update: Add Your Voice for Stronger Protections on Harassment

We are excited to have completed our fourth bargaining session with Columbia. Please take a minute to add your voice ...
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Bargaining Update: Sign the Open Letter on Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

We had another half-day bargaining session today. In our discussion and in their counterproposals so far, Columbia again made clear ...
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Our Second Bargaining Session!

We had our second bargaining session today and gave our first batch of proposed contract articles to Columbia’s team.  We ...
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First Bargaining Session Report-Back

Today, our bargaining committee had our first negotiation session with the University administration. We began the meeting with introductions, and ...
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Goals Ratified as We Begin Bargaining Today!

Today, after years of organizing our union, we have the opportunity to sit down with Columbia and negotiate for  improved ...
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Bargaining Begins Feb. 25th!

As we move closer to negotiations with Columbia, we want to take a moment to describe our vision of how ...
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Nurses’ rally at NYP/CUMC Hospital

As we prepare to begin negotiations with the Columbia administration at the end of February, please join our fellow unionized ...
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Add Your Voice to Protect Title IX & Vote on the Bargaining Goals

If you have not done so, please take a moment to vote on the Initial Bargaining Goals! We are currently ...
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Vote on the Initial Bargaining Goals

Please take a moment to vote on Initial Bargaining Goals! As the bargaining committee, we urge you to ratify the ...
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Review Bargaining Goals Before Ratification Vote Next Week

Starting next month, our elected bargaining committee will begin negotiating improvements to our working conditions based on feedback received by ...
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Your voice is needed! Town Halls about Bargaining Goals

Our bargaining committee has developed a set of initial goals based on a majority of Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists ...
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Happy New Year and Bargaining Update

As we start 2019, we are excited to provide an update about next steps moving toward bargaining with Columbia in ...
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A majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out Bargaining Surveys

We are very excited that a majority of Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists have completed the CPW-UAW bargaining survey. After ...
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NLRB grants withdrawal of the request for review & Town Halls

Late yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board granted Columbia’s withdrawal of the request for review. This is a very exciting step forward ...
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CPW & GWC Voted YES to start bargaining with Columbia

We are excited to announce that after much debate both Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW) and Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC) ...
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Vote on Bargaining with Columbia

Earlier this week the Columbia administration proposed a framework to recognize and bargain with our union, and we are now ...
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Huge News: Columbia offers a pathway to bargaining

Dear Columbia Postdoctoral Workers, We are excited to announce that, as a result of all of our hard work over ...
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Graduate Employee Rally and Strike Deadline

The graduate employee union (GWC-UAW)  has announced a strike deadline of December 4th if Columbia continues to break federal law ...
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Bargaining Committee Election Update

At the close of nominations on Thursday November 8th, at 5:00pm, seven (7) people have accepted their nominations for the ...
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Our response to the Columbia’s ‘request for review’

This past Friday, our union filed our response opposing Columbia’s recent ‘request for review’ to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ...
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Nominations Open for Union Bargaining Committee

We are very excited that nominations are open for the CPW-UAW bargaining committee! Check out our new page with information ...
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Columbia still trying to stop our union

Columbia has launched another effort to avoid bargaining with our union.  We learned Friday night that Columbia filed a “request ...
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Notice Of Nominations and Election For The Union Bargaining Committee

NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND ELECTION FOR THE UNION BARGAINING COMMITTEE (seven [7] positions) October 26, 2018 Nominations are hereby declared ...
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Thanks for your feedback

Thank you all for attending a town hall on our upcoming bargaining committee elections and for your helpful feedback on ...
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Support from NY City Council Progressive Caucus

We are excited that our mandate for collective bargaining has gained national press attention as well as support from elected ...
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We Voted Union Yes!

The NLRB just finished counting ballots and we voted by an overwhelming 68% (729-yes to 339-no), in favor of Columbia ...
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Town halls about the process of unionization

We are very excited that our election on unionization  is less than one week away on October 2nd and 3rd ...
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All postdocs get to vote on October 2nd and 3rd!

Huge news! The regional National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just set dates for our election on unionization to take place ...
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Hearings over; Columbia still tries to say Postdocs not employees

We are happy to report that we concluded our hearings at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday. For our ...
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Columbia’s first official response to our union

Yesterday we completed our first day of hearings at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Columbia did not accept our ...
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Postdoc Union Town Halls this Week!

Come to a Postdoc Union town hall to find out more about our upcoming vote. Last week, we took an ...
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A Big Step Forward for our Postdoc Union: CPW-UAW Files a Petition with the NLRB

A Big Step Forward for our Postdoc Union: CPW-UAW Files a Petition with the NLRB   We are excited to ...
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Columbia University Postdocs form union with UAW, petition NLRB for election; first private university postdoc effort expands growing academic union movement

NEW YORK CITY — A majority of the 2,000 postdoctoral researchers at Columbia University have formed a union and today ...
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Tomorrow: March to End Family Separation and BBQ on Sunday

Join us as we rally with the Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW) at the March to End Family Separation, tomorrow ...
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Oppose the Attack on International Scholars (Chinese visas and Muslim Ban)

Please take a minute to sign this petition from GWC-UAW to oppose the attack on international scholars. Yesterday, the Supreme ...
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Take the Postdoc Union Survey and Come to our BBQ

We are excited that a majority of postdoctoral researchers have signed up for our union and that we are moving ...
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March in NYC Pride and Take the Bargaining Survey

This Sunday is NYC’s Pride parade, a celebration of the history of LGBTQ struggles in the U.S. We are excited ...
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Join CPW-UAW at the March for Science

RSVP to join Columbia Postdoctoral Workers at the March for Science on April 14th. Last year, we marched together in ...
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Sign Petition Against Sexual Misconduct

Recent events across the country show that sexual harassment pervades the academic workplace as deeply as it does Hollywood or ...
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Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment on International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! Women around the world are coming together today to celebrate the struggles to advance women’s cultural, ...
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Update on Our Union and Response to Provost Email

We write to express our frustration with the Columbia administration’s latest efforts to deny collective bargaining rights to our graduate ...
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Columbia declares it will break the law by refusing to bargain with the grad union

Please let us know if you would like to get more involved in building the postdoc union. In an email ...
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The Columbia Grad Union has been Certified!

One year ago, graduate employees voted by an overwhelming 72% majority to form their union. After the election, Columbia’s administration ...
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Union Town Halls This Week! 11/29 & 12/1

We are excited to be having two Town Halls this week. We will be skyping in unionized postdocs from the ...
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