CPW Timeline
2020

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

March 27th: 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 26th: Our Bargaining Committee sent a letter to the Administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

March 26th: 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 20th: Town hall to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting researchers.

March 20th: 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 13th: Our bargaining committee sent a to the Columbia Board of Trustees for a fair contract by the April 6th deadline. 

March 13th: 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.

January 17th: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW members met with Congresswoman Grace Meng

January 17th: CPW-UAW and GWC-UAW members met with Congresswoman Grace Meng

A delegation of researchers from our union and GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia, met with US Representative Grace Meng to explain our bargaining goals. Congresswoman Meng sits on the House Appropriations Committee that oversees the federal budget funding most of

January 16th: CPW members delivered an open letter calling on Columbia to raise our salaries. Click to read the letter

January 16th: CPW members delivered an open letter calling on Columbia to raise our salaries. Click to read the letter

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.

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. Click to read the letter

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. Click to read the letter

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

March: Postdoc/ARS working groups help the Bargaining Committee write contract articles that address the issues of researchers at Columbia

March: Postdoc/ARS working groups help the Bargaining Committee write contract articles that address the issues of researchers at Columbia

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

February 25th 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW with Columbia’s administration. Click to Read Our Bargaining Goals

February 25th 2019: First Bargaining Session of CPW-UAW  with Columbia’s administration. Click to Read Our Bargaining Goals

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

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.