Welcome to our page where we will be updating everyone on the progress of our bargaining, both for Impact bargaining as well as our next contract! Updates will be posted after every bargaining session.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Sandy, Iraj, or Isaac

Bargaining Update- April 6th

If you missed our previous quick explainers: living wage, health care, protection for international & immigrant workers, and Strike Vote #RealTalk.  What happened in bargaining yesterday? After asking for 3-weeks to prepare, NYU came back with ONE counter-proposal. At the last bargaining session (March 18th), we made a number of counters, altering our proposals and setting out new frameworks for healthcare costs and…

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Bargaining Update – February 4th

Since bargaining began, NYU has offered grad workers a $1 raise, or no more than $20 extra a week—which barely covers 2 meals in NYC! Last week, after NYU kept us waiting for 70 mins, our new bargaining committee presented a compensation counterproposal. We are fighting for funded grad workers to receive a minimum income…

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Bargaining Update – December 16th

In today’s bargaining session, GSOC went over the impact bargaining proposals again, highlighting that these are still on the table and have still largely not been addressed by NYU, despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing for about 9 months as of today. Among these proposals, a few were highlighted. First of…

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Bargaining Update – November 5th

tl;dr: NYU brought no new counter proposals.  NYU asked a few clarifying questions about our proposals on vacation and bargaining unit lists, and reiterated their rejection to expand the grievance filing time limit from 15 days to 120 days. NYU maintained its rejection of our proposed  $40/hr living wage. We have made  movement on many…

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Bargaining update – October 13th, 2020

TL;DR: Despite two meaningful gains won by GSOC on issues related to equity & inclusion and childcare, NYU continued to stonewall most of the union’s demands. GSOC emphasized demands related to significantly improving  benefits  for Master’sstudents and eliminating inequities between PhD and master’s workers. The latest bargaining session was another exercise in patience from GSOC’s…

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Bargaining update – September 29th, 2020

TL;DR: While both NYU and GSOC made some proposals and counterproposals, there continued to be significant disagreement between both parties about the scope of negotiations, leading NYU to suggest hiring a third-party negotiator. In the face of NYU’s claim that student health coverage is not a workplace issue, several rank and file GSOC members shared…

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Bargaining update – September 14th, 2020

This week saw yet another fraught bargaining session with NYU, where even after a substantial number of counter proposals brought to the table by GSOC, NYU still maintained their rigid bargaining position, rejecting many, the majority even, of our proposals outright.  The session this week was focused on the issue of Equity and Inclusion (E&I),…

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Bargaining update – September 8th, 2020

TL; DR: NYU again failed to provide concrete responses to both our impact and regular bargaining proposals. GSOC engaged in our first bargaining session with NYU after the expiration date of our contract passed on August 31st. We extended the terms of our contract for 1 month while we continue bargaining, allowing grievance and potential…

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Bargaining update – August 26th, 2020

TL;DR: NYU offered its first substantial proposals which completely ignored many of GSOC’s impact bargaining, and general bargaining demands and offered only modest gains to wages and benefits. This week, in our last bargaining session before our contract is set to expire, we received the first substantial counter proposals from NYU. NYU’s legal representative began…

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Bargaining update – August 12th, 2020

TL;DR: The union expressed outrage at NYU’s recent demands for students to remain in the US in order to work in the fall and demanded a reversal of this position. We were met with more silence, rambling excuses, and  slowing tactics by NYU’s legal team. This bargaining session focused on the issue of international and…

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Bargaining update – July 29th, 2020

TL;DR: NYU continued to stall the bargaining process with a slow pace of response to our requests. We devoted this session to introducing a new impact bargaining demand about ventilation and presenting testimonials concerning our contract proposals for a living wage and for NYU to sever ties with the NYPD. In response, we received disappointing…

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Bargaining update – July 15th, 2020

We returned to the bargaining table with NYU’s representatives for the third session of our impact bargaining, and the first session of bargaining for our new contract. Check out our previous post to be up-to-date on the status of impact bargaining prior to this session.Thank you to all the observers who came to the sessions!…

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Bargaining update – June 26th, 2020

We met with representatives from NYU for a second session of impact bargaining on June 26th, 2020. As described in our previous blog post, this series of bargaining sessions is aimed at mitigating the effects of the many unexpected current events on our working conditions. Last time, we presented NYU with our demands, and as…

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Bargaining update – June 11th, 2020

On June 11th, 2020, our bargaining committee had the first impact bargaining session with NYU. Impact bargaining is separate from bargaining for our next contract, which we are aiming to begin in July. Impact bargaining will primarily focus on our working conditions related to COVID-19, while regular bargaining will cover a wider range of demands.  …

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Bargaining Blog – welcome!

Welcome to our page where we will be updating everyone on the progress of our bargaining, both for Impact bargaining as well as our next contract! Updates will be posted after every bargaining session. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Sandy, Iraj, or Isaac

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