Yash Amonkar
Earth and Environmental Engineering
PhD Student
Research Assistant


Andrew Bishop
Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
PhD Student
Research Assistant


Daniel Blatter
Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhD Student
Research Assistant


John Finnegan
Law School
JD Student
Teaching Assistant


Batul Hassan
Population and Family Health
MPH Student
Research Assistant


Lauren Moseley
Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhD Student
Research Assistant


Dominic Walker
Sociology
PhD Student
Teaching Assistant


Angela Woodall
Communications
PhD Student
Research Assistant


Helen Zhao
Philosophy
PhD Student
Teaching Assistant


Kat Zheng
Nursing
PhD Student
Research Assistant

Questions, concerns, or thoughts? Contact the bargaining committee at gwc.bargaining@gmail.com

Read more about our initial bargaining goals, developed from the input of over 2,500 graduate student workers and ratified by a 91% vote, here. If you have not filled out a bargaining survey yet, please fill out here.

Full initial bargaining goals here | Highlights of the goals here.


Latest updates from the bargaining committee

Update on Issues Surrounding COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent GWC days of action and other efforts pushing University administrators and elected leaders toward a more just distribution of resources as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Together we have made some progress

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Bargaining and COVID-19 Updates from the Table

Update on Strike FAQ In their most recent effort to divide us, the Columbia administration sent out a series of emails attempting to track down who is striking and who is not––a common employer intimidation tactic aimed at discouraging participation.

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FAQ on Strike and Related Activity

FAQ on Strike and Related Activity On April 23, the Bargaining Committee voted 5-3 against calling a strike. We understand there are workers who have chosen to engage in strike activity at Columbia. While GWC-UAW did not call for this

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Statement from the Bargaining Committee

The Bargaining Committee voted 5-3 against calling a strike under the current circumstances. We will continue to fight for a strong contract and fair solutions to problems rising from the COVID-19 crisis. We expect Columbia to respect the student workers’

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Columbia is weaponizing its “academic purview”

Bargaining update: The GWC bargaining committee met with Columbia’s representatives again this past Friday, January 31st. Here is a quick summary of what unfolded: We reached a tentative agreement on our Training article. Columbia and GWC both passed counters on

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Turning Point in our Campaign to Achieve a Fair Contract

Student workers, We are at a turning point in our campaign to achieve a fair contract. The initial stages of the bargaining process involved carefully drafting each contract article in accordance with our democratically-ratified bargaining goals; listening to and gauging

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Columbia Rejects Union Health Benefits for the Second Time

Columbia Rejects Union Health Benefits for the Second Time We met with Columbia’s bargaining team on November 13 at Studebaker to continue our fight for a strong contract. This was our 19th bargaining session with the university since negotiations began

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Bargaining Session #19: Back to Health Care

The Bargaining Committee met with Columbia’s representatives again on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to continue bargaining for a strong contract. We presented our petition to create a fund for workers affected by Columbia’s unilateral and illegal elimination of the 100

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Bargaining Session #18: Our economic articles are on the table

The GWC bargaining committee met with Columbia’s representatives on Friday, October 18, 2019 to continue our efforts to secure a strong contract. We made progress towards reaching agreement on the Training article, including the inclusion of a provision that the

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Bargaining Session #17: Health and Safety meeting | Columbia responds to International Student Worker Rights

We met again with Columbia on Thursday, September 19, where we: Received a counter proposal on International Student Worker Rights—a response we have been waiting for since May 1.   Continued discussion on Appointment Security, bringing examples of dozens of

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