CPW Timeline
2020

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

March 13: Our bargaining committee sent a to the Columbia Board of Trustees for a fair contract by the April 6th deadline. 

March 13: Our bargaining committee sent a to the Columbia Board of Trustees for a fair contract by the April 6th deadline. 

On Friday March 13th, 2020 our elected bargaining committee sent this letter to the Columbia Board of Trustees to communicate our willingness to continue to bargain a fair agreement, either in person or virtually, before the April 6th deadline.

Postdocs and Associate Researchers formed several Working Groups: Parents, Compensation, Housing, Healthcare, International Researchers and Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination, to help the Bargaining Committee analyze the feedback given in bargaining surveys filled by a majority of researchers and analyze the standards in other universities and union contracts.