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The Graduate Workers’ Strike: What Undergraduate Students Should Know

You’ve probably received an email from Provost Coatsworth about the “possible strike by student teaching and research assistants.” If you attend CC or GS, you also probably received a message from Deans Valentini and Rosen-Metsch about how the strike would affect classes. Perhaps you’ve heard directly from your TAs or research assistants about their plans […]

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Graduate Student Union Announces Plans To Hold A Strike Vote

Early Monday afternoon, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) released an open letter to President Bollinger, in which it declared to hold a strike authorization vote if the university did not honor the union’s existence. As part of graduate students’ 3-year-long struggle to unionize on Columbia’s campus, this letter comes as a response to Columbia’s January announcement that […]

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Bwoglines: Hammered Edition

Happening in the world: Amidst growing concerns about North Korea’s missile program, the US military deploys warships to the Korean peninsula. (BBC) Happening in the nation: After Xi left the U.S., China immediately condemned the US Strike, stating that the strike was an act of a weakened politician flexing his muscles. (The NY Times) Happening in NYC: […]

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Barnard Contingent Faculty Fight For Their Rights

What’s the deal with Barnard’s contingent faculty? What is contingent faculty? What was the strike threat all about? Bwog staffer Sarah Dahl got a chance to hear from one of the union organizers last night, and is here to write about it. The following reflects her own opinions. “The College has consistently maneuvered legal delays and stalled negotiations […]

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Barnard Contingent Faculty Sets Strike Deadline For February 21st

Barnard Contingent Faculty, a union for Barnard College faculty in conjunction with United Auto Workers, has announced a strike deadline for four weeks from today. The union posted on their website earlier today with a statement announcing this decision. It said the union voted in December to “authorize the BCF-UAW Bargaining Committee to call for any […]

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Barnard Contingent Faculty Union Approves Strike

A majority vote has granted Barnard Contingent Faculty Union power to declare a strike. This news comes after a long contract negotiation process between the college and BCF-UAW, as the parties have struggled to settle details like fair wage and benefits. While Barnard would like for operations to continue as usual, a strike could mean cancelled exams for […]

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