LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Union-Represented Columbia University Front Line Workers ‘Avoid’ An Authorized Strike By Reaching A New Contract Agreement
(NEW YORK CITY) - It looks like there won't be a Strike at Columbia University after the Union representing more than 600 Maintenance Workers, Electricians, Plumbers, Painters and Security Officers employed at four Columbia University Campuses announced the two sides have agreed in principle on a two-year contract.
After months of negotiations, TWU Local 241 Members employed at Columbia University reached an agreement that includes fair wages, Essential Worker bonuses, and most importantly, no new increases to health care costs.
The Unionized Workers had previously voted to authorize a Strike unless Columbia University's Administration backed off on their demand to increase health care costs in the middle of a pandemic.
After a 17-hour negotiating session this weekend, the TWU said their Members’ health care coverage remains intact and was left untouched.
"The University is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with the representatives of TWU, with whom we have engaged in rigorous and respectful negotiations," a spokesperson for Columbia University said in a statement. "We look forward to fully implementing the provisions of the agreement once it is ratified."
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And For More, Read The July 31st Labor News Report Headlined: Union-Represented Columbia University Maintenance Workers, Security Guards Authorize Strike & It Could Impact Students' Fall Return