After nine months of bargaining sessions, the members of BCF-UAW overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization vote in December. Recently, they set a strike deadline for Feburary 21. Now, more than ever, it is critical that students support contingent faculty, who are fighting for fair working conditions. If a strike becomes necessary, it will be because the administration has failed to move on a number of key issues--chiefly job security, wages, and benefits.
Our professors aren’t disposable, and they deserve respect. Teaching conditions are learning conditions. We, the undersigned--including both Barnard students and Columbia students, whose enrollment in Barnard courses links their education directly to Barnard faculty's working conditions--stand in solidarity with Barnard Contingent Faculty and support their right to strike.