News and Updates

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Where Things Stand on the Postdoc/ARS Negotiations

Here are details on areas of agreement, current proposals, and what’s next.

Highlighted FAQs

When can agreement on a union contract be expected?

Negotiating a first contract between parties typically demands long hours at the bargaining table and the resolution of a host of complex and often unforeseen issues.

Why are the negotiations for graduate student workers and postdocs/ARSs being conducted separately?

The National Labor Relations Board determined that they belong in separate “bargaining units.” 

Unionization in the News

Graduate Students, After Gains in Union Efforts, Face a Federal Setback

The National Labor Relations Board has moved to reverse a 2016 ruling that eased the way for organizing at private universities. 

The New York Times
September 20, 2019

Unions Have Won the War of Ideas. Will That Win Them Power?

In 2018, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutted the capacity of such workers to collect union dues. Now, the public-sector unionization rate is falling faster than the private one — and organized labor is losing the class war in a rout.

The Intelligencer/New York Magazine
September 4, 2019

UAW gets union nod from Columbia postdocs

More than 2,000 Columbia postdocs chose to unionize with the UAW, which immediately called for the university to begin negotiations for a new contract.

The Daily News
October 24, 2018