After over three years of legal delays by the Columbia University administration, a majority of graduate workers have voted 93% (1832 to 136) to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike. A strike deadline has been set for April 24 at 10am, with a strike to commence unless Columbia agrees to bargain.
Our main picket line will operate at:
Tuesday 4/24: 10am to 3pm (Low)
Wednesday 4/25: 11am to 3pm (Low)
Thursday 4/26: 11am to 3pm (CUMC – Hammer)
Friday 4/27: 11am to 3pm (Low)
Monday 4/28: 11am to 3pm (Low)
In order to have a strong, visible picket line, it will be important for graduate workers to spend as close as possible to 20 hours from April 24 to April 30 on the line in lieu of working.
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 also find:
- Suggestions on how to talk to your students.
- Suggestions on how to talk to your faculty.
- Our letter to faculty.
- Faculty request form to move your classes off campus. We are only asking classes at the Columbia campus to move off campus. Barnard, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary are NOT included.