TLDR: Today we received the first written response from the University on the COVID-19 Funding Extensions side letter that indicated the University’s continued efforts to provide resources for students whose research was impacted by the pandemic. We will continue to
TLDR: We had our first mediation session with federal mediator Andrea Cancer. On Thursday, April 8, we met for our first bargaining session in mediation. Both sides agreed on Andrea Cancer, who was assigned to our case by Federal Mediation
Student workers are organizing a rally tomorrow, Friday, April 9, at 12 noon ET. Come to add pressure on Columbia to reach a fair agreement with us NOW! Lunch will be provided.
We write with an update about the hardship fund disbursement process. We have finished reviewing all of the applications from the first round; if you applied, you should be hearing from us in the next few days (if you haven’t
We met Columbia’s team for a brief bargaining session the evening of April 5th before we embark with mediation in future sessions. The University wanted to address the backlog of work withheld during the strike. They plan to implement a
The Bargaining Committee has decided to accept the University’s offer of mediation with a strike pause. Given the timing and status of bargaining, we believe that we have the best chance of winning a fair agreement this semester if we
Our next General Body Meeting (GBM) is scheduled for today, Friday, April 2, 3:30-5 PM ET (registration link). TLDR: After discussions on Non-Discrimination and Harassment and cost estimates, the University offered to agree to mediation in exchange for a pause to the strike.
Today’s rally has been moved to 11:30 AM. We will be joined on the in-person picket line by Jamaal Bowman, who was formerly an educator and is a member of the United Federation of Teachers. Come out and join us in
Tomorrow, Friday, April 2, at 12 PM, we will be joined on the in-person picket line by Congressman Jamaal Bowman! Jamaal Bowman was formerly an educator and is a member of the United Federation of Teachers. Come out and join
Our next General Body Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, April 2, 3-4:30 PM ET (registration link). TLDR: #CUonStrike We put forward a new package of proposals last session that addresses the remaining articles on the table. While Columbia’s response was lackluster, they