Two years at the bargaining table is long enough. Last Spring, we voted 96% YES to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike if needed to achieve a fair contract. We stand behind our mandate and are committed to organize for a strike to be ready to escalate if the University does not agree to provide:

Recognition, full recognition of the NLRB-certified bargaining unit, which is consistent with the Bargaining Framework Agreement of November 2018.

Union Shop creates an equitable system of distributing the cost of union representation over all workers in the unit, while giving us power to secure better benefits and stronger protections for student workers.

Childcare to ensure our university is accessible to all, our investment in child support can’t stop once the pandemic is over.

Real recourse for cases of harassment and discrimination, which we demand takes a form of access to the grievance and arbitration procedure.

Healthcare improvements that create a sustainable work environment for all, not just the ones who have a safety net for extraneous healthcare costs.

Compensation improvements that create a sustainable work environment for all, especially in light of COVID-19 financial difficulties, including an additional year of appointment guarantees.

Next Bargaining Dates:

  • March 1 (Monday)10:30 am-2:00 pm
  • March 4 (Thursday) 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • March 9 (Tuesday) 11:30 am-3:00 pm
  • March 12 (Friday) 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • March 16 (Tuesday) 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
  • March 18 (Thursday) 1:30 pm-5:00 pm

RSVP to our upcoming bargaining session(s)


Our letter to the Provost committing to organize for a strike if needed to achieve a fair contract

We are stronger together. Add your name here and commit to strike.


Strike Resources

Employees in our union who will be striking include: all student employees who provide instructional services, including graduate and undergraduate Teaching Assistants (Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Preceptors, Course Assistants, Readers and Graders): All Graduate Research Assistants (including those compensated through Training Grants) and All Departmental Research Assistants.

Please find our frequently asked questions here. E-mail us at columbiagradunion@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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