THURSDAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our June membership meeting will take place tomorrow Thursday June 23 at 6:30pm in hybrid mode: both in person at CUIMC [P&S room 12-460] and on zoom. Use one of the links below to RSVP.
The main topic proposed for this meeting will be the upcoming UAW Constitutional Convention and our Regional Director Beverly Brakeman will be in attendance to give us an update about the Region, the upcoming Constitutional convention and answer any questions you may have. If there are any questions you’d like to send to her in advance please reply to this email.
UAW MEMBERS DEFENDING WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOSE
The Supreme Court is likely to end the right of women to choose when/if to become a mother with their ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson case which could be released any day.
As discussed at our last membership meeting, we want to be ready to send a strong message of rejection and of solidarity to our sisters across the country.
We are in communication with other organizations regarding marches and rallies that will be called the day the decision is released. We are also coordinating with other UAW Locals across the city to have a strong UAW presence.
We will send you updates whenever the plans are clear.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION AT COLUMBIA
We are thrilled to announce a new initiative that our Working Group on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (ARDEIA) has been working on for the past weeks.
This group’s overarching goal has been to systematically review Columbia´s policies on diversity -with a focus on postdoctoral and associate research scientists- and lay the groundwork to fight for a contract with strong, progressive and inclusive language.
As we are geared towards our second contract negotiations, we are inviting you to a series of focus groups with the aim of collecting information on your experiences and perception regarding racism, discrimination, inclusion of minorities, accessibility, belonging and representation. These will be 1h-long discussions happening at lunch time (lunch will be provided) on 3 different days in each of the main campuses:
- CUIMC: July 12th 12-1.30 pm, Vagelos P&S, Todd Amphitheater, room 16-405
- Morningside: July 19th 12-1.30 pm, Fairchild building, room 1000
- Zuckerman Institute: August 2nd 12-1.30pm, JLGSC L8-086
Sign up for a Focus Group in this google form.
Participation is voluntary and will provide very valuable information, allowing us to design a roadmap of priorities for our bargaining committee negotiating our next contract.
Looking forward to discussing in depth these key issues with you all and hearing your ideas and feedback.
JOIN THE QUEER LIBERATION MARCH WITH UAW COLLEAGES
This year there is a special focus on attacks on transgender rights by conservative legislators across the country, but also on reproductive rights and bodily autonomy by the Supreme Court. That is why our local encourages our members to participate in the Queer Liberation March, Sunday June 26th at 2pm. If you´re interested in coming together for the march (NOTE: this is not a contingent) please sign up here. Mark your calendars!
Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW Local 4100 Executive Board