Two months ago, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) announced their plan to hold a strike vote. Last night, the results of that vote were tallied: 93% voted to authorize a strike. The goal of the strike would be to force Columbia to recognize their right to unionize.
According to the GWC-UAW, 1,968 valid votes were cast; 1,832 of them were in favor of a strike. Only 136 “no” votes were cast. GWC-UAW calls this overwhelming support for a strike “a clear and decisive mandate from a majority of research and teaching assistants at Columbia.”
In January, Columbia declined to bargain with the union. Now, with finals fast approaching, graduate students hope to force its hand.
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