We are proud to announce that the bargaining goals have been ratified with 91% of the vote, with 1,307 workers voting (1,188 yes to 119 no). We now have all the components in place to bargain with Columbia…except a willing bargaining partner. If Columbia had not dragged out this process, we could be negotiating a contract this summer.

We firmly believe the National Labor Relations Boards (NLRB) in DC will soon rule in our favor, toss out Columbia’s spurious objections to our overwhelming election victory, and certify our union. It is time for the university to stop delaying, drop their objections, and come to the bargaining table!

While we wait for the decision, we have time to continue to hear from workers about their specific goals and grievances. We’ll keep making ourselves available in town halls, and please continue to reach out at our email address gwc.bargaining@gmail.com! Also stay tuned for ways to apply pressure on the University’s administration and exciting news from the NLRB.

In Solidarity,

The Bargaining Committee of GWC-UAW Local 2110:

Ian Bradley-Perrin, Ph.D. student in Sociomedical Sciences
Olga Brudastova, M.S./Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Noura Farra, Ph.D. student in Computer Science
A.L. Hu, M.Arch student in GSAPP
Trevor Hull, Ph.D. student in Chemistry
Kate Jackson, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science
Rosalie Ray, Ph.D. student in GSAPP – Urban Planning
Justin Steinfeld, M.D./Ph.D. candidate in Integrated Program
Takaya Uchida, Ph.D. student in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Sophie Wilkowske, Columbia College ’17