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

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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Bargaining Session #16: Columbia rejects due process for workers

On Monday, August 19th, we met with Columbia’s bargaining team at Lerner Hall to present a counterproposal on Discipline and Discharge and further negotiate Employment Files and Training. In addition, a student worker testified about her experience seeking dental care

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Bargaining Session #15: The Last Days of The 100 Plan

On Wednesday, August 14th, we met with Columbia’s bargaining team at the Studebaker Building to present counter-proposals on Employment Files, Holidays, and Paid Leaves. Wednesday was the last day student assistants were covered under the Student Health 100 Plan, and

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Bargaining Session #14: Health Care is a Human Right

Solidarity, student workers! We hope you’ve been keeping cool in the sizzling heat of the past week. The GWC bargaining committee kept their cool (the room was incredibly cold, actually) during a four-hour bargaining session with Columbia’s representatives on Tuesday,

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Bargaining Session #13 : An offer from Columbia we *can* refuse!

On July 11th, we met with Columbia’s bargaining team to continue negotiating our first union contract. Highlights:      We presented our revised proposals on Training, Workload and Appointment Security.  Columbia presented a comprehensive updated package of proposals consisting of mostly non-economic

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Bargaining Session #12: GWC Demands Columbia Reinstate Critical Health Plan

Student workers! Here’s a summary of our latest bargaining session — June 21, 2019: We demanded that Columbia rescind the elimination of the Student Health 100 Plan, which hundreds of student assistants  currently benefit from. Columbia’s bargaining team insisted that

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