[UPDATE] On Friday, May 2nd, a delegation of graduate employees from over 20 departments from across NYU came to our bargaining session to deliver the over 1,000 signatures on our Open Letter for a Fair Contract Now to the Administration bargaining committee.
[ezcol_1half]We, the undersigned GSOC/UAW Local 2110 members, hereby call upon the NYU Administration to bargain intensively with our representatives to reach an agreement by the end of this semester. In 2005, NYU unjustly deprived us of the right to bargain collectively, unilaterally imposed health benefit cuts and implemented policies which resulted in pay inequities and substantial gaps in family benefits. Eight years later, we have repeatedly demonstrated overwhelming support for the restoration of our bargaining rights and in December 2013, we voted by a 98.4% margin for unionization.
We therefore urge NYU to agree without delay to a fair and just contract, including:
• Affordable high quality health care for us and our families
• Expanded family benefits such as child care and family leave
• Fair total compensation
• Strong workplace and union rights
These necessary improvements will strengthen graduate education and create a stronger, more inclusive university community.