March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021

On March 16, 2021, representatives of the University attended the sixty-eighth bargaining session with the union committee representing graduate student assistants. The bargaining session was held via video conference.

The parties continued to discuss their previously presented proposals on Nondiscrimination, Health Benefits, Fee and Tuition Waivers, Compensation, and Recognition.

The University advised that it would consider further changes in its comprehensive offer if the remaining outstanding issues were addressed as a whole.  The University reiterated that as part of its Nondiscrimination proposal, it would be willing to commit to reviewing the effectiveness of its proposed revisions to the EOAA appeals process after a set period of time.  The University also reiterated that it would consider modifications to Union Security and to the categories of costs that could be reimbursed from the Student Employee Support Fund in its Benefits proposal as part of a final settlement.

The University presented a revised proposal on Recognition to clarify that its proposal includes casual employees, including Course Assistants and Graders, providing instructional services for an average of 15 hours a week or more over the course of a semester as part of the bargaining unit.

The University requested additional information from the Union related to its earlier presentation comparing compensation for teaching assistants at NYU to compensation at Columbia.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for March 18, 2021.