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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.