This week is a great one for graduate students all over the country! GSOC, the graduate student union at NYU, and the administration of NYU have successfully concluded negotiations for their second contract. We are celebrating with them, and congratulate GSOC for their endurance through a ten-year struggle to get to this point.
We believe the New School is strongly considering our own petition for recognition presented in December, and we hope that the successful conclusion of the contract negotiations at NYU leads the university to embrace collective bargaining with our graduate student union here at The New School. The agreement demonstrates that collective bargaining is mutually beneficial because it raises the community spirit and improves the learning environment for undergraduates, as well as creating positive working conditions for graduate students, whose labor contributes to a culture of excellence in the university as a whole.
With gratitude we acknowledge the difficult work of our comrades at NYU and at universities around the country, and we will persevere in our devotion to the struggle at the New School. In solidarity with those who labor everywhere!