CPW Timeline
2020

May 12: Hundreds of CPW-UAW supporters signed a letter urging the administration of Columbia to reach a fair contract. Click here to read the letter letter

May 12: Hundreds of CPW-UAW supporters signed a letter urging the administration of Columbia to reach a fair contract. Click here to read the letter letter

We want a fair contract “so that we can focus all collective energy on working through the crisis, preparing to transition out of it, and seeking the federal resources necessary for both.”

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.

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

January 17: 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 16: CPW members delivered an open letter calling on Columbia to raise our salaries. Click to read the letter

January 16: 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 6: CPW members participate at the annual Velocity Ride for Cancer Research

October 6: 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!

We want a fair contract “so that we can focus all collective energy on working through the crisis, preparing to transition out of it, and seeking the federal resources necessary for both.”