Please take a minute to vote YES in our Strike Authorization Vote.

Since opening our Strike Authorization Vote last week hundreds of postdocs and ARS from across the university have participated, and we’re excited to continue talking with colleagues as we go into the final days of our historic vote. The vote will close on Thursday, August 24 at 11:59pm (midnight). 

Despite the many actions we have taken to show Columbia how urgently we need a fair contract, Columbia has failed to reach a fair agreement that makes needed improvements on salary, childcare, housing and other issues.

Just this week we saw NYU Langone move to increase postdoc salaries to $70,000, following Rockefeller and Memorial Sloan Kettering earlier this summer. Columbia’s current proposals fall far below what postdocs and ARS need and deserve. 

Columbia’s current position:

  • Minimum salary $63,600 for postdocs and $70,066 for ARS with 3% raise for year of service, which fails to keep pace with cost of living in NYC.
  • $1,000/year increase per family to the current childcare benefit – not included in the contract (so it can change)
  • No support for housing
  • Maintain Fellows’ higher taxation and lower benefits by providing them $3,000/yr.

With a strong Strike Authorization Vote and the ability to strike we can win more, like the UW postdocs who won a 28% salary increase through their one week strike. Please take a moment to vote:

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