Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s controversial Muslim Ban. This is a continuation of the attack on international scholars by Trump’s administration. On June 11th, new rules were introduced to limit Chinese student visas in STEM fields to as little as one year. Previously, most visas were issued for the maximum possible five year period.
Many members of our Union will be affected by these discriminatory and xenophobic policies, and it is important to stop this trend. The Graduate Workers of Columbia, in coordination with other UAW higher education local unions, like the postdocs at the University of California and graduate employees around the country, are circulating petitions to university presidents to take a stand against these discriminatory practices.
Please sign GWC-UAW’s petition to President Bollinger asking him and other University presidents around the country to resist this and communicate the harmful impacts of these policies to our state congressional delegation and to the Trump administration.
Protecting the rights of international workers is one of the many many reasons a majority of postdoctoral researchers support our union. Please join us in celebrating the work we have done so far by coming to a BBQ this Sunday.
Please let us know if you can make it to the BBQ this Sunday, July 1st, from 11-3pm, in Riverside Park at 10 Mile River Playground (W. 148th St. and Hudson River)
The BBQ will be a good space to get to know one another in a different setting from our labs and offices, as well as talk about next steps in forming our union. Significant others and baby scientists are more than welcome, and one of the reasons we are organizing this outdoor event. Also feel free to bring food to share though we will have plenty of burgers and dogs.
All the best,
Members of Columbia Postdoctoral Workers (CPW-UAW)