Columbia: Drop the objections and respect the democratic choice for a Union!
Dear President Bollinger and Provost Coatsworth:

We urge you to withdraw your objections to the recent NLRB election. As Research and Teaching Assistants voted overwhelmingly on December 7 and 8 for Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW, it is time for you to respect the democratic process and move forward on a more constructive path.

Students assistants not only voted yes, but did so with a 72 percent mandate in favor of unionization that stands out as a shining example of unity in this moment of great discord in our society. The university’s continuing willingness to waste time, energy and resources attempting to block or delay graduate workers’ democratic rights is unacceptable.

In this time when the core values of our great universities matter more than ever, we urge you and the Columbia administration to drop the objections at the NLRB and commence good-faith negotiations for a fair contract.

As of February 21st we have over 32,071 signatures, view them here: http://www.columbiagradunion.org/nlrb/droptheobjections/#signatures

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