February 6, 2017
Nominations are hereby declared open for the GWC-UAW Local 2110 Bargaining Committee (ten  positions): All eligible Union supporters [any Columbia graduate and undergraduate student who is currently employed by the university according to the categories outlined by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Columbia decision (i.e. graduate and undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Preceptors, Course Assistants, Readers, Graders, Graduate Research Assistants [including those on Training Grants], and All Departmental Research Assistants)] who have signed a GWC-UAW authorization card are automatically nominated for the GWC-UAW Local 2110 Bargaining Committee.
The bargaining committee will be composed of ten members, to be allocated from the following jurisdictions:
- 2 members who work in GSAS natural sciences departments
- 2 members who work in GSAS humanities and social sciences departments
- 2 members who work in SEAS departments
- 2 members who work in CUMC/Public Health departments
- 2 members who work in professional/other schools (School of the Arts, Journalism, SIPA, Business, Professional Studies, GSAPP, Social Work, and Law, etc).
Any eligible Union supporter who wishes to accept the nomination for one of the ten (10) Bargaining Committee positions listed above must indicate their intention in writing, including the specific jurisdiction for which they are a candidate, by electronic scan (pdf), photograph attachment, or by hand delivery of a signed acceptance of nomination for the specified position above no later than 5pm on Wednesday February 15, 2017: GWC-UAW Elections, 256 W 38th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or by e-mail to the UAW 2110 elections committee at email@example.com.
Go to our website for details about the responsibilities of bargaining committee members www.columbiagradunion.org/vote/bargainingcommittee.
Each candidate may write and submit a candidate statement of no more than 250 words. These statements will be posted on the GWC-UAW Local 2110 website if there are contested elections. Address, phone number and email address must be included, but will not be counted toward the 250 words.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit the candidate statement. All candidate statements must be received by the time nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Election Dates, Times and Locations
In the event that the number of eligible candidates who accept nomination for the specified jurisdiction do not exceed two (2), such candidate(s) will be deemed elected by acclamation and no election will be held.
If more than two eligible candidates accept nomination for the jurisdiction, an election will be conducted with the top two (2) vote getters for the specific jurisdiction being elected.
Elections WILL take place on Thursday, February 23 at the following times and locations.
Morningside: 10am-6pm, in Nous Café/Graduate Student Center (Philosophy Hall)
CUMC: 10am-6pm, in Hammer Health Sciences Building Room LL1-104
Lamont: 10am-2pm, in Geosciences entrance
A run-off election, if necessary, will be held on Wednesday, March 1, from 10am to 6pm. The locations will be announced if necessary.
VOTING IN THE ELECTION SHALL BE AT LARGE AND SHALL NOT BE RESTRICTED BY JURISDICTION.
Voters, regardless of department, shall be entitled to vote for up to two (2) candidates in each jurisdiction, for a total of ten (10) candidates.
GWC-UAW Bargaining Committee Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the committee is to negotiate an initial collective bargaining agreement with the University administration’s team. Election to the committee obligates each member to represent and fight for the best possible contract for all members of the bargaining unit.
To accept nomination and be elected to the bargaining committee, you must have demonstrated support for the union by signing a union authorization card or other form of support and be employed or have been employed in the last year in a bargaining unit position. The committee will be trained and assisted by experienced negotiators from the Union who will also participate in the negotiations with the University. See below for specific responsibilities.
- Develop initial bargaining goals for ratification by union supporters across campus, using surveys, other relevant contracts, membership feedback from other sources, etc.
- After ratification of initial bargaining goals, develop and present contract language proposals to the University bargaining team for negotiation.
- Attend negotiating sessions with the University and Union internal caucuses or meetings in order to advance our bargaining agenda.
- Assess, analyze and respond to university bargaining proposals and develop union counter proposals.
- Keep the membership and allies informed and educated about the negotiations and the process.
- Coordinate with the volunteer organizing committee, working groups, and other activists on a strategic campaign to win a strong contract that can be recommended for ratification.
- Make a recommendation to the membership on whether to approve a contract or take other actions (e.g. a vote to authorize the committee to authorize strike action if necessary).
Committee members should assume that the time commitment will be significant. Note that the schedule of bargaining itself is subject to negotiation with the University.