The graduate student workers of Graduate Employees’ Organization 3550 (University of Michigan) stand in full and firm solidarity with the Graduate Workers of Columbia (UAW Local 2110), who are and have been engaged in a two-year long struggle for a fair contract. Last spring, GWC members voted 96% in favor to authorize the bargaining committee to call a strike; GWC is ready to fulfill this mandate and strike if they do not receive a fair contract by Monday, March 15th, 2021.

GWC is demanding a contract that guarantees improvements to health care, better childcare support, fair wages and compensation, real recourse for harassment and discrimination, protection for international workers the creation of union shops, and recognition of the NLRB-certified bargaining unit.

Columbia University HR has engaged in intimidation tactics, proposing methods of surveillance and threatening withholding of pay and demanding student workers sign into a website to confirm that they are working, otherwise forfeiting payment, stipends, and financial aid. Their intention is to bust organizing efforts and break GWC’s resolve and mandate to strike. We recognize and condemn these shameful and retaliatory attacks on workers and their intentions to harm the union. The University of Michigan engaged in similarly despicable behavior when they filed an injunction against GEO 3550 last September. Do not give in – do not let them intimidate you!

We are encouraging CGW not to back down or give into these slimy tactics, and encourage all of our members and allies to offer full support to GWC through their hardship fund and by signing up for virtual picket shifts next week.

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GEO 3550 Stands in Solidarity with Graduate Workers of Columbia