CPW Timeline
2019

October 6th: CPW members participate at the annual Velocity Ride for Cancer Research

October 6th: CPW members participate at the annual Velocity Ride for Cancer Research

Postdocs and Associate Research Scientists joined other Columbia community members at the annual Velocity Ride. We are excited to be negotiating improvements to our working conditions so that we can produce better cancer research. Better Working Conditions = Better Research!

May 2019: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter to the President’s Office signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers for stronger protections against sexual and all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination.

May 2019: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter to the President’s Office signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers for stronger protections against sexual and all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination.

On May 20th, representatives of both CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW delivered a letter signed by a majority of Postdocs, Associate Researchers and Graduate Workers calling on Columbia to negotiate with us a for union contract that includes stronger and enforceable protections

February 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW with Columbia’s administration.

February 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW  with Columbia’s administration.

On February 25th, our Bargaining Committee sat down for the first time with Columbia’s administration and presented our bargaining goals, strongly ratified by 98%of CPW-UAW members. This is an undeniable milestone in our history to negotiate for improved and more

2018

December 2018: Columbia requested withdrawal of the request of review of our Union and majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Bargaining Survey.

December 2018: Columbia requested withdrawal of the request of review of our Union and majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Bargaining Survey.

Columbia, in accordance with the agreement, requested withdrawal of the request for review of our union, which was granted by the National Labor Relations Board on December 4th. Now that a majority of Postdoctoral Researchers have filled out the Union Bargaining

November 2018: Columbia offers a pathway to bargaining and CPW and GWC voted in favor

November 2018: Columbia offers a pathway to bargaining and CPW and GWC voted in favor

As a result of all of our hard work over the last few years and GWC’s  strike (the Grad Union) Columbia University proposed a framework agreement to recognize and bargain with both Unions. Postdoctoral researcher voted 95% in favor of the

November 2018: CPW-UAW elects the first Bargainng Committee

November 2018: CPW-UAW elects the first Bargainng Committee

After holding Town Halls across campuses discussing about the best composition of our Bargaining Committee to ensure we can win a first strong contract, we elected seven of our peers (plus an alternate) to represent us in the bargaining table

October 2018: Columbia tries again to stop our democratic mandate to for a Union

October 2018: Columbia tries again to stop our democratic mandate to for a Union

Columbia launched another effort to avoid bargaining with our union by filing a “request for review” asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, DC to reverse the recent certification of our union by the regional NLRB in New

October 10th: 18 members of the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council urge President Lee Bollinger to respect our Union

October 10th: 18 members of the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council urge President Lee Bollinger to respect our Union

We joined Ben Kallos in delivering a letter signed by 18 members of the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council to President Lee Bollinger urging the University to respect our 68% mandate for collective bargaining and to bargain

October 2nd and 3rd: We voted Union YES!!

October 2nd and 3rd: We voted Union YES!!

Leading to the election we hold Town Halls and hundres of conversation across campus and finally on October 2nd and 3rd we voted by an overwhelming 68% (729-yes to 339-no), in favor of Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW as our union. Click here

September 2018: The NLRB set dates for our election on unionization

September 2018: The NLRB set dates for our election on unionization

The regional NLRB rejected Columbia’s attempt to deny more than 1,000 of us the ability to vote at all, and further agreed with our proposal for Postdoctoral Research Scientists/Scholars/Fellows and Associate Research Scientists/Scholars to vote on and be represented together

Two postdoctoral researcher witnesses give testimony about their experiences at Columbia showing  the common conditions and nature of our work whether we are classified as Postdoctoral Research Scientists/Scholars, Postdoctoral Research Fellows or Associate Research Scientists/Scholars. Click here to read more.