Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to present our initial bargaining goals. Here is a link to the full version, as well as a summarized version here. These proposals will be presented at general meetings to be held at both Columbia’s uptown and downtown campuses. The downtown meeting is Friday, April 14th, 4-6 PM in Avery 114. The uptown meeting is Monday, April 17th, 6-7 PM in Black 523. In the final week of April, bargaining unit members who have signed an authorization card will be able to vote online to ratify these proposals.

We are excited to take this step toward opening negotiations with the University. We hope that your decisive ratification of these goals will send a clear message to the administration that they must stop delaying the democratic process and come to the bargaining table.

These proposals were developed with the input of almost 2,000 student workers who completed bargaining surveys as well as the input of many conversations with GWC organizers over the course of our fight for union recognition. The inclusive and broad language of these goals is designed to cover the variety of issues faced by graduate workers. This is not the end of the communication process; once we begin bargaining we will continue to reach out to you for your information and experiences.

In solidarity,

The Bargaining Committee of GWC-UAW Local 2110:

Ian Bradley-Perrin, PhD student in Sociomedical Sciences
Olga Brudastova, MS/PhD student in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Noura Farra, PhD student in Computer Science
A.L. Hu, M.Arch student in GSAPP
Trevor Hull, PhD student in Chemistry
Kate Jackson, PhD student in Political Science
Rosalie Ray, PhD student in Urban Planning (GSAPP)
Justin Steinfeld, MD/PhD student in the Integrated Program
Takaya Uchida, PhD student in Earth Science
Sophie Wilkowske, Columbia College ‘17