Union-Represented Workers Employed At The New School In New York City ‘March For Respect,’ Publicly Request Management ‘Bargain In Good Faith’
(NEW YORK CITY) – The Unionized New School Jazz Faculty held its Rally For Respect event earlier this week on Fifth Avenue in New York City to demand the school bargain in good faith for new contracts that provide fair wages, reliable health care, stronger job security and real curriculum input, among other issues.
The New School Jazz Faculty were joined by other on-campus Unions, including Members of New School Part-Time Faculty ACT-United Auto Workers Local 7902 and Teamsters Local 1205.
In a released statement, the Union said: We chose to build our careers at The New School due to its bold, progressive history, its stance against autocracy and deep roots in human dignity. But instead we’ve encountered an employer that has strayed very far from the founders’ sentiments. The Rally for Respect speaks to a major issue The New School was founded on, namely, the integrity of Working People. Its due time for lasting Labor peace, honest and open negotiations, and fair contracts!
The Jazz Instructors at the New School first won a Union Contract with the help of American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802 back in 1998.
At the time, Faculty had received only one raise in over 10 years and had no health benefits, pension or job security.
Over the years, the School’s Unionized Workers chose to build their careers at the New School due to its bold, progressive history, its stance against autocracy, and its deep roots in human dignity - but instead, they’ve encountered an employer that has strayed very far from the founders’ sentiments, the Union said.
The Rally for Respect spoke to the very philosophy on which the New School was founded - namely, the integrity of Working People, it added.