What is GSOC-UAW Local 2110?
The union of graduate employees at New York University. Drawing from a membership of several thousand from across most of NYU’s graduate schools, we represent roughly 1,200 graduate workers in any given semester who are teaching assistants, adjunct instructors, social science research assistants, and graduate assistants. We are affiliated with the United Auto Workers and are the first recognized union of graduate employees at a private university in the United States.
What is GSOC all about?
We are about union democracy, mass participation, and social justice values. Our efforts stem from a deep commitment to making our union one that actively encourages members to participate and takes direction from them.
The most effective way to ensure the continued strength of our collective is through a vibrant, democratic union that maximizes the involvement and leadership of as many members as possible, through both one-on-one organizing and collective actions. We draw strength from and support our campus and communities allies including NYU faculty in their efforts for democratic governance and against the expansion plan, adjunct and contract faculty organizing, university staff fighting cuts in various sectors, and undergrads in the movement against student debt. Social justice also means democratic practices within our union. We hold regular meetings open to ALL members; provide detailed electronic report-backs to membership; grant access to meeting minutes for membership and allies; and work to ensure transparent, effective, member-led communications infrastructures.
We are building a union, a community, and a movement.
How long has GSOC been around?
NYU graduate employees began organizing with the UAW in 1998 and by 2002 had settled a groundbreaking contract (see Our History for details). In 2005, NYU refused to negotiate a second contract because of the right-wing Brown Decision by the George W. Bush-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), but we continued to organize until NYU joined us in a private agreement in 2013, agreeing to remain neutral in a December 2013 election, in which graduate employees voted Union Yes by a margin of 630-10.
What is GSOC working on now?
GSOC executed a contract with NYU in spring 2015. We have been working since then to enforce our contract, build our union, and stand with other workers and students in solidarity around issues that GSOC members care about. We are always looking for new activists from across the NYU grad worker population!