Striking New York University UAW-Represented Grad Workers: “Our Struggle, Like Every Labor Struggle, Is Part Of A Larger Fight”
(NEW YORK CITY) - There are over 2,200 Graduate Workers at New York University (NYU) - and as of earlier this week (Monday, April 26th), they are on Strike.
The work stoppage began after what Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC)-United Auto Workers (UAW), the Graduate Workers’ Union, describes as nine months of stonewalling at the bargaining table by the University Administration.
The Union delivered a petition to NYU at the start of last month, urging management to “take contract negotiations seriously and make meaningful counter-proposals” or face a Strike - the school chose a Strike.
Bargaining began in August 2020 and distance between the sides remains.
Sticking points for the Strikers include the administration’s refusal to offer more than a $1-an-hour wage increase and its refusal to bargain over GSOC’s health and safety proposals, which include demands barring NYPD Police Officers’ from entering campus buildings without a warrant and mandating NYU no longer contract with the NYPD for events.
Jacobin’s Alex N. Press spoke to: Dylan Iannitelli, a sixth-year PhD student in the Biology Department and a GSOC Shop Steward; Leandra Barrett, a fourth-year PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Analysis and a rank-and-file GSOC Member; and Colin Vanderburg, a Teaching Assistant in the English Department and a GSOC Bargaining Committee Member.
They discussed administration stonewalling, the work of building toward a Strike and GSOC’s picket lines - both physical and virtual.
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