Welcome Back! GSOC Update and Info on Grad Employment Restructuring
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a safe and productive summer and look forward to seeing you this year.
It’s going to be a big year for our union! Please read on to learn more about our campaign and for updates about NYU’s restructuring of graduate employment.
Update on Graduate Employment Restructuring
As many of you know, the NYU administration has drastically altered how teaching and learning occur within our university. The recent restructuring of graduate employment and fellowship packages is the NYU administration’s most recent attempt to undermine GSOC/UAW Local 2110, the Union for ALL teaching, research, and graduate assistants at NYU. Under the terms of the restructuring-known as FAR4 in GSAS- teaching is no longer a graduate fellowship requirement. Instead, the NYU Administration has reclassified most graduate employee teaching as adjunct work.
Although the NYU administration has changed its position and now recognizes our contribution to the university as work, the administration is asserting that graduate teaching will be covered by the contract between NYU and ACT-UAW Local 7902, the Union for adjunct faculty.
To date, the NYU administration has not consulted GSOC/UAW Local 2110 or ACT-UAW Local 7902 about the restructuring. If you have been asked to adjunct, have questions, or want to get involved with our union, please contact GSOC/UAW Local 2110 immediately by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-529-2580.
CHANGE HAS COME
No matter how attractive aspects of the NYU administration’s new policy of graduate employment may seem, without a legally binding union contract ratified by our members, the NYU administration maintains the unilateral power to decide our wages, benefits and working conditions. Only a GSOC/UAW Local 2110 contract can guarantee secure wages, benefits and working conditions for ALL NYU graduate employees, including teaching, research and graduate assistants.
With the election of President Obama and a new United States Congress, the political climate has changed very much in our favor. This year we will actively seek the restoration of our rights under the National Labor Relations Board. We demand that President John Sexton and the NYU administration negotiate with our union and acknowledge our internationally recognized right to collective bargaining.
Join Us at the NYC LABOR DAY PARADE!
This Saturday, September 12th, is the New York City Central Labor Council 2009 Labor Day Parade and March. Come join us and march with the UAW and thousands of proud union members and their families. We will be assembling at 12:30 P.M. on West 47th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) and stepping off at 1:15 P.M. We hope to see you there!