CPW Timeline
2020

July 16: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have approved our tentative agreement

July 16: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have approved our tentative agreement

The vote on whether to ratify our tentative agreement with Columbia concluded with 99% of those participating voting yes to ratify our contract. Thank you to everyone who participated in the vote. After years of organizing and 16 months of

June 30: We reached a tentative agreement. Click for details

June 30: We reached a tentative agreement. Click for details

Our Bargaining Committee have reached a tentative agreement! After 16 months of bargaining and years of organizing we have won important improvements to our rights and working conditions. Please join us for a town hall Wed, 7/1 at 6:00pm.

June 24: Strike Authorization Vote Open Letter

June 24: Strike Authorization Vote Open Letter

More than 200 Postdoctoral and Associate Researchers who come from departments comprising 90% of our workforce sign a letter indicating that if the administration continues to dismiss our core priorities, we will insist that our Bargaining Committee proceed toward a

June 8: Postdocs and Associate Researchers want stronger protections against harassment and discrimination. Click to listen why!

June 8: Postdocs and Associate Researchers want stronger protections against harassment and discrimination. Click to listen why!

Columbia can and must do better. Postdoc and Associate Researchers need a fair contract with stronger protections against discrimination, harassment and bullying.

May 27: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to listen why we deserve a fair contract!

May 27: Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to listen why we deserve a fair contract!

Many Postdocs and Associate Researchers have been volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis. We are integral to Columbia University in the City of New York’s research mission and deserve a fair contract now.

April 27: CPW-UAW joins other Academic Union across the country asking Congress to protect Researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to send your letter

April 27: CPW-UAW joins other Academic Union across the country asking Congress  to protect Researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to send your letter

Across the country, UAW Academic Workers – from Columbia, to the University of Washington, to the University of California – came together to make our voices heard in Congress about the support we need to keep our universities and research

April 21: Letter to NY and US Representatives supporting additional funding and resources to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Click to Read the Letter

April 21: Letter to NY and US Representatives supporting additional funding and resources to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Click to Read the Letter

Our elected bargaining committee sent a letter to NY and US Representatives asking for additional funding and resources to support Postdoctoral and Associate Research Scientists in their crucial role to solve the COVID-19 crisis.  

March 27: Outreach to Elected Representatives. Click to Read the Letter

March 27: Outreach to Elected Representatives. Click to Read the Letter

In an ongoing effort to  bargain a fair first contract by April 6th 2020, we asked to Representatives Meng, Nadler, Espaillat, Ocasio-Cortez, and Lowey to support our efforts to secure a fair agreement.  

March 26: Our Bargaining Committee sent a letter to the Administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

March 26: Our Bargaining Committee sent a letter to the Administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

Our elected bargaining committee sent a letter to the administration on the management of the research program at Columbia during the COVID-19 crisis. Our bargaining committee made requests to mitigate the impact on Postdoctoral and Associate Research Scientists.    

March 20: Town hall to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers.

March 20: Town hall to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers.

With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak only becoming more critical, we converted our online town hall into a space to discuss how the crisis is affecting researchers, bargaining and what we can do as a union to support each other and

Columbia’s lagging compensation practices undermine quality research. We delivered a letter from researchers spanning the entire Columbia community to Provost Katznelson and Dean Goldman urging the administration to do better.