Petition: Vote No on the No-Strike Deal
To our fellow workers in GWC:

We are calling for a No Vote against the bargaining framework between Columbia and our union, which would severely weaken our union’s negotiating power and lower our chances of winning a fair and equitable contract with Columbia.

This is the first time in 17 years that Columbia has made any moves to bargain with us, and it is undoubtedly a huge victory. We’ve won the ideological battle! Columbia can no longer deny that we are workers and we have a right to collective bargaining given the tidal wave of campus support that’s been building especially over the last few months.

There are two important problems with the agreement (https://columbiagradunion.org/app/uploads/FrameworkAgreement20181119.pdf):

1. The framework agreement would prevent us from striking until April 6, 2020. This amounts to removing our main weapon that would allow us to bargain for a fair and equitable contract. Columbia wants to bargain with us while our hands are tied behind our backs. We got Columbia to this position by threatening strike action: this agreement would see us throw away that weapon.

Some have argued that this sketchy clause 8 is meaningless, that we could decide Columbia isn't bargaining "in good faith" at any time and pull out of bargaining before April 2020. That is not right.

We've spoken to a number of experienced labor lawyers and to a senior union negotiator with decades of experience who interpret the language of clause 8 to mean that there cannot be a strike before April 2020. If we did go on strike, strikers could be fired and the union could be successfully sued for costs. Columbia would take us to Trump's NLRB and accuse us of breaking the agreement. The language is ambiguous and we will fight over it if this agreement passes, but we'll be putting ourselves in a tough position.

2. These terms of bargaining were negotiated behind our backs in secret by Columbia administrators and top UAW officials. This is not only undemocratic but also sets a negative precedent for other graduate worker unions. Not a single graduate worker or post-doc knew about, let alone participated in, the negotiation of these terms. Even our elected bargaining committee was excluded. That risks setting a dangerous precedent: that Columbia can make decisions about us without us and then bounce us into accepting them at the very last minute.

Columbia has so little respect for us that it refuses even to negotiate the terms of bargaining our contracts with us, its workers. So why should we trust their promises of ‘good faith’ bargaining? Any agreement to bargain that comes attached with a no-strike provision effectively ties our hands during negotiations.

We, the undersigned GWC members, urge our fellow Columbia graduate workers to vote no to Columbia's current bargaining framework: Bollinger's dodgy deal.

We, the undersigned GWC members, ask that following a no vote the bargaining committee should go to Columbia with a counteroffer that deletes the no-strike clause from the bargaining framework. Columbia has now acknowledged it is willing to bargain with us, so we need not take their first offer. We should negotiate for a better one. We are close to the finishing line; we know that Columbia is scared of our strike so let's use that leverage to get a good deal.

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UPDATES

See here for a statement from the Solidarity and Social Justice Committee of the Teaching Support Staff Union of Simon Fraser University: https://www.facebook.com/TSSU.ca/photos/a.221558467875450/2169772463054031/?type=3&theater

See here for a statement from Graduate Employees Together - University of Pennsylvania: http://getupgrads.org/solidarity-statement-gwc-cpw/?fbclid=IwAR3Qxm1xzMiYdEmbBHV8ARG033PRIJumegLY99wDov4qbK37Z4Yoq8ZuOjY

See here for a statement from Princeton Graduate Students United: https://twitter.com/princetongsu/status/1067226899762610176?s=21&fbclid=IwAR0Pj1HC-bdXdEIi2g0RfeTrXPZhDvGRQ5kvURQHODYeyv7Ewj1LikpVXrY

See here for a statement from The Autoworker Caravan, a network of UAW members from Local 22 (GM-Detroit), Local 869 (Chrysler-Warren, MI), Local 12 (Jeep-Toledo), Local 551(Ford-Chicago) Local 600 (Ford Dearborn), Local 909 (GM-Detroit), Local 659 (GM-Flint), Local 862 (Ford Louisville,KY), Local 74 (John Deere Ottumwa, IA), Local 2865 in Berkeley: https://www.facebook.com/541051419250808/photos/a.2001819546507314/2067097266646208/?type=3&theater

See here for a statement from SENS-UAW Organizing Committee of New School: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_1Ke_AhZpVa2s652IjUrd0vvpt9I24zHoLU0Jh1aDP0/edit

See here for a statement from five members of the GSOC Bargaining Committee: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1936500829758979&id=125848607490886

See here for a statement from members of the Committee on Rights and Compensation from University of Colorado: https://www.facebook.com/NoStrikeBustingDeal/photos/a.2216977485191038/2218879495000837/?type=3&theater

See here for a statement from the Bargaining Committee of BCF-UAW 2110, the Barnard contingent faculty union: https://www.facebook.com/bcfuaw/posts/943848132468411

See here for a statement from UC Santa Cruz of UAW 2865: https://www.facebook.com/uaw2865santacruz/posts/971594003040385?__tn__=H-R

See here for a statement from NUGW, Northwestern's graduate worker union: https://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternGW/

See here for a statement from GSOC, NYU's graduate worker union: https://makingabetternyu.org/2018/11/20/gsoc-stands-with-gwc-in-their-right-to-bargain-a-fair-contract/

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Signed,

Helen Zhao, Philosophy
Camila Vergara, Political Science
Harlan Chambers, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Sam Osterfeld, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Akshay Ragupathy, Anthropology
Dominic Walker, Sociology
Amelia Spooner, History
Tania Bhattacharyya, History
Barnaby Raine, History
Chloe Howe Haralambous, English and Comparative Literature
Nader Atassi, History
Francesca Merrick, Philosophy
Niyati Shenoy, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Charu Pragya, Philosophy
Sumayya Younus, Health Policy and Management
Davio Cianci, Physics
Amogha Sahu, Philosophy
Batul Hassan, Public Health — Population and Family Health
Daniel Tadmon, Sociology
Claire Palandri, Sustainable Development
Luke Cregan, Slavic
Anna Hidalgo, Sociology
Francisco Lara, Sociology
Mireia Triguero Roura, Sociology
Xinyi Zhao, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Naeem Mohaiemen, Anthropology
Kiran Samuel, Sociology
Benjamin Kindler, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Lexie Cook, Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Ali Ugurlu, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Eva Schreiner, Architecture
Andrea Penman-Lomeli, English and Comparative Literature
Asya Tsaturyan, Sociology
Jana Berankova, GSAPP
Bandar Alsaeed, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Rebecca Lossin, Communications
Sourav Chatterjee, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Shaunna Rodrigues, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Ashraf S Abdalla, Architecture
Matan Cohen, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies & The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Bonnie Rogers, Sociology
Syantani Chatterjee, Anthropology
Erela Portugaly, Sociology
Jiyeon Chang, Sociology
Prashant Iyengar, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Joshua Aleksanyan, Soci Lots
Harmony Graziano, Linguistics
Joshua Aleksanyan, Sociology
Charleyne Biondi, Political Science
Xavier Flory, Political Science
Peter Lagerqvist, Anthropology
Isabella Livorni, Italian
Krish Bhatt, Environmental Health Sciences
Benedict Clouette, GSAPP
Michelle Martinez, Public Health - Population and Family Health
Kate Khanna, Sociology
Oskar Arnorsson, Architecture
Jared Sacks, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Eugene Grey, Sociology
Laura Veit, Architecture
Nasser Abourahme, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
David Silverberg, Religion
Flavien Ganter, Sociology
Anuk Arudpragasam, Philosophy
Isobel Plowright, History
Burcu Baykurt, Communications
Adrianna Munson, Sociology
Gabriel Solis, History
Yasemin Akcaguner, History
Deniz Duruiz, Anthropology
Ibrahim Elhoudaiby, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Fidahussain Yamani, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Yayra Sumah, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Avalon Dismukes, Chemistry
Karim Malak, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Martin Hiendl, Music
Kyle DeCoste, Music
Sarandha Jain, Anthropology
Zeinab Azarbadegan, History
Rana Baker, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Tim Shao-Hung Teng, Film
Henny Ziai, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Stefan Tarnowski, Anthropology
Sayantani Mukherjee, History
Doha Tazi Hemida, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Lisa Foad, SOA Fiction Writing/UWP Teaching Fellow
Caroline Parker, Sociomedical Sciences
Paul Carpenter, School of the Arts
Tiana Reid, English and Comparative Literature
Jordan Brensinger, Sociology
Elleza Kelley, English
Shivani Radhakrishnan, Philosophy
Adam Blazej, Philosophy
Dialika Sall, Sociology
Beatrice Mazzi, Italian
Siwei Wang, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Mia Florin-Sefton, English
Hicham Chami, Music
Alaa El-Shafei, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Umberto Mazzei, Italian
Yuan Yi, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Max Shmookler, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Zohar Elmakias, Anthropology
Alexander Maier, Anthropology
Yu Huang, Earth and Environmental Engineering
Hadeel Assali, Anthropology
Hannah Kauders, Writing
Simon Leser, Writing
Quenton King, Public Health
Dan Iascone, Neuroscience
Nada Khalifa, History
Nicholas Mulder, History
Martin Barnay, Sociology
Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Daniella Cádiz Bedini, English and Comparative Literature
Melina Tsitsiklis, Neuroscience
Arielle Korman, Religion
Rohan Shah, History
Bailey Brown Sociology
Peter Moody, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Sophie Pinkham, Slavic
Nolan Bensen, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Christopher Peacock, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Campbell Birch, English and Comparative Literature
Tiffany Huang, Sociology
Maya Rossignac-Milon, Psychology
Addison Godel, Architecture
Connie Wang, Philosophy
Thaer AlSheikh Theeb, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies & ICLS
Alice Gorton, History
Samuel Coggeshall, History
Alireza Karbasioun, Architecture
Gavin Healy, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Alberto Carpio, Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Ishai Mishory, Religion
Sohini Chattopadhyay, History
Adrienne Minh-Chau Le, History
Anya Lewis-Meeks, Writing
Mie Mortensen, Slavic
Anayvelyse Allen-Mossman, Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Christopher Peacock, East Asian Languages and Cultures
John B Thompson, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Emily Hoffman, Anthropology
Justin Ho, Sustainable Development and SIPA
Joshua Donovan, History
Matthew Trumbo-Tual, French
Ultan Byrne, Architecture
Brendane Tynes, Anthropology
Genji Amino, English and Comparative Literature
Solomon Gofere, Sustainable Development and SIPA
Cameron Foltz, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Danielle Carr, Anthropology
Natasha Marie LLORENS, Art History
Komei Sakai, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Caitlin Blanchfield, Architecture
Mikael Muehlbauer, Art History
Isaac Stethem, Political Science
Sonam Tsering, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Joscelyn Jurich, Communications
Katryn Evinson, Latin American & Iberian Cultures
Alex Alston, English & Comparative Literature
Grace Bickers, Religion
Rohini Shukla, Religion
François Olivier, English and Comparative Literature
Chris Kim, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Chloe Estep, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Rachel Engler, Art History
Oscar Chang, Computer Science
Desiree Abu-Odeh, Sociomedical Sciences
Hyae Ryung Kim, Sustainable Development and SIPA
Nadeem Mansour, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Ben Elbers, Sociology
Sandra Aguilar Gomez, SIPA
Kathleen Griesbach, Sociology
Yasmine Hallab, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Shelby Wardlaw, Writing
Aamer Ibraheem, Anthropology
Clare Casey, Anthropology
Gwen Unger, Art History
Ronna Popkin, Sociomedical Sciences
Joss Greene, Sociology
Luciana de Souza Leao, Sociology
Lisa Del Sol, English and Comparative Literature
Zahra Touilila, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Jesse Chevan, Music
Melissa Lee, Neuroscience
Sophia Mo, French and Romance Philology
Brianna Williams, Writing
Thomas Preston, Germanic Languages
Catherine Ambler, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Amin Yakubu, Epidemiology
Samuel Stella, Religion
David Lerer, History
Tom Haxi, Slavic
Nadia Sariahmed, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Timothy Ittner, Sociology
Erhan Tamur, Art History
Joe Gamse, Slavic
Zheng Fu, Sociology
Minna Jaffery, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Eleanor Batty, Neuroscience
Jeff Sherman, Electrical Engineering
Heather Woolley, Art History
Emma Le Pouésard, Art History and Archaeology
Qian Cao, Philosophy
Maureen Saylor, Population and Family Health, MSPH
Anwesha Sengupta, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Steven Niedbala, Art History
Yanjie Huang, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Margaret Scarborough, Italian
Sarina Kuersteiner, History
Matthew Ghazarian, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Verena Meyer, Religion
Ruwa Alhayek, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
George Kimson, History
Althea SullyCole, Music
Julia Pyszkowski, GSAPP
Alessia Palanti, Italian
Carolyn Quijano, History
Laura Diamond, Architecture
Chris Cowell, Architecture, GSAPP
Larry Au, Sociology
Marcus Creaghan, Undergraduate Writing Program Instructor
Berenike Schott, Sociology
Amnah Almukhtar, History
Michael Holmes, Philosophy
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Nathan Smith, Film & Media Studies
Natasha Pesaran, History
Catherine Braine, Neuroscience
James Buckley, History
Megan Goldring, Psychology
Charles Pletcher, Classics
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Chloé Faux, Anthropology
Selim Karlitekin, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
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Richard Warren, Neuroscience
Jim LaBelle, Political Science
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Walter Gordon, English
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Arie Martijn Veenendaal, History
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Samuel Moore, Physics
Sarah Hawas, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Norihiko Tsuneishi, GSAPP
Marios Pomonis, Computer Science
Rachel Meirs, Sociomedical Sciences, MSPH
Aden Lam, Physics
Brittany Koffer, Philosophy
Nikita Shepard, History
Raimundo Atal, SIPA
Austin Dean, Slavic
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Anna Reumert, Anthropology
David Borgonjon, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Benedikt Kloss, Chemistry
Ahlam Abuawad, Environmental Health Sciences
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Brian Ruiz, Health Policy and Management
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Yuxi Zhang, Mathematics
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Romy Felsen-Parsons, Psychology
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Chuyu Tian, Philosophy
Christopher Barker, Architecture
Susanna Ferguson, History
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Angela Giordani, History
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Rachel Grace Newman, History
Andy Jo, Theatre
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Michelle L. Hauk, East Asian Languages and Cultures
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