Contract Faculty United-UAW is one of many NYU campus unions gearing up for a hot fall semester. NYU Researchers United-UAW recently announced that a majority of postdoctoral, graduate, and staff researchers have signed up in support of forming their union. Together, we represent over 5,000 NYU academic workers responsible for the university’s day-to-day operations. We’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with our researcher colleagues, demanding that NYU’s new president respect our collective bargaining rights.
While professors and researchers fight for recognition, UCATS, the union for NYU clerical and technical staff, will be asking the administration to recognize the tireless efforts and ingenuity of the workers who carried NYU through the transition to remote work and instruction. UCATS workers have always turned out to support contract faculty; we look forward to supporting them in bargaining.
Finally, after their historic contract campaign last fall, our adjunct colleagues are organizing to ensure they actually receive gains won at the bargaining table. In Liberal Studies and elsewhere across campus, the NYU administration has refused to fund the raises in ACT-UAW’s new contract. To avoid paying adjunct faculty what they deserve, the administration has instead asked chairs to cancel classes, combine sections, and raise course caps. NYU faculty of all ranks — from grad TAs to contract and tenured faculty — have called on the administration to reverse course, and Liberal Studies faculty are asking all members of the NYU community to sign on to an open letter. We urge you to add your name:
There are more active unions on NYU’s campus than at any point in recent memory, and our students have never been more supportive of the labor movement. We’re excited to join with our coworkers to educate the community about how this university works, and to ask Linda Mills what kind of university she wants NYU to be. To get involved in organizing, please reply here.