University Statement

"Columbia has a long record of negotiating productively with unions representing thousands of unionized employees across our campus, but we maintain our principled view that that teaching and research assistants are students not employees. While we respect the rights of students to express their views, we will also support all students and faculty in continuing their teaching, research and progress toward their degrees."

April 14, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won’t Columbia bargain with the GWC-UAW?

Learn more about bargaining units and who they represent.

Do I have to strike if I am a teaching or research assistant in the bargaining unit?

Whether a student participates in the strike is a decision that each individual must make for herself or himself.

Will graduate students who strike be paid?

Learn how the University may handle compensation under another strike.

Latest News

Letter from the Provost

GWC-UAW’s possible strike by student teaching and research assistants

April 18, 2018

Student Opinion in 'The Spectator'

Columbia student Joseph Siegel explains why the union shouldn't strike.

April 16, 2018

Letter from the Provost

Provost Coatsworth explains the University's positions on graduate student assistants.

January 30, 2018

Opinion on Objections

Read the NLRB's majority and dissenting opinions on Columbia's objections.

December 16, 2017

Provost Letter to GWC-UAW Local 2110

Read the Provost's recent letter to GWC-UAW Local 2110, in response to a threat to strike. 

March 1, 2018


For Faculty and Managers

Faculty are bound by NLRB rules governing communications between managers and employees during the election process. Learn more about communicating with students.

Letter from the Provost - January 9, 2017

Provost Coatsworth explains why the University asked the NLRB to examine election conduct.

Engineering Students Raise Concerns Over Union Conduct

The Spectator writes about the concerns of engineering students over voting procedures.

Statement from Provost John Coatsworth

Read Provost Coatsworth's statement, shared with the Columbia community on December 9

A Recent Hearing Decision

Read the hearing officer's report and recommendations on objections.

Exceptions to Hearing Officer's Report
NLRB Decision

Read the National Labor Relations Board decision in its entirety.

Decision on Objections

The NLRB responds to Columbia's filing of objections and schedules a hearing.

Letter from the Provost in Response to NLRB Decision

Provost Coatsworth responds to the NLRB decision in a letter to the Columbia community.

More Information

Read the legal briefs in this case, the NYU contract, and other helpful documents.

Post-Hearing Briefs

Read the briefs submitted by the University and the GWC-UAW Local 2110.