Bargaining Updates

Update from Thursday, October 19:

On Thursday October 19, the Bargaining Committee met with New School management for the sixth time this semester. The request for the University to provide information remains an open question – the nature and depth of the information that the University is willing to provide is still under discussion. New School management then presented the Bargaining Committee with three proposed responses on topics discussed last week: Intellectual Property, Disability Access and Office Space/Equipment. The nature and language of these proposals was discussed to some extent during the meeting, but will be subject to further review by the Bargaining Committee. The Bargaining Committee will continue to draft key proposals on economic issues such as healthcare and wages, as well as non-economic issues including grievance procedures, harassment, non-discrimination and job security.

In our attempts to continue to shed light on the systemic, serious and pressing issue of late payments, four testimonials (including, in some cases, pay figures, data and communication records) were provided by student workers and discussed during the meeting. Issues touched upon during these discussions included late payments, non-payments, poorly defined or unclear work and payment specifications, as well as specific issues faced by international students in receiving payments. Between student pay databases, concrete examples and testimonials, the Bargaining Committee hopes to bring to light the seriousness of the pay gap issue at the New School.

If you have any issues with late pay, or if you haven’t been paid correctly, please get in touch.

In solidarity from the SENS-UAW Bargaining Committee,
Katherine Fox
Mithra Lehn
Lisa Lipscomb
Mark Rafferty
Daniel Younessi
Srishti Yadav

Update from Thursday, October 12:

On Thursday October 12, the Bargaining Committee met with New School management for the fifth time this semester. We continued to press the University to provide us with information about the unit from our initial information request. The Bargaining Committee then presented the University with a report regarding pay discrepancies based on data the University previously supplied. This report includes information from Spring 2014 through Spring 2017 and details numerous occasions in which Academic Student Workers (ASWs) were paid late and (possibly) not fully paid for work completed in their respective academic positions. The University is now investigating these matters, which we will continue to address at subsequent bargaining sessions.

In addition, we presented concrete examples about how pay stubs don’t disaggregate wages if an ASW is working in multiple positions with the same title (TA, RA, etc.) and demonstrating that some workers have yet to be paid for work that started in late August.

Lastly, we presented four proposals that address the following issues: Intellectual Property; Disability Access; Health and Safety & Labor Management Committee; and Office Space and Equipment. The University is currently reviewing these proposals. We are continuing to draft our key proposals, including economic items such as wages and healthcare.

In solidarity from the SENS-UAW Bargaining Committee
Katherine Fox
Mithra Lehn
Lisa Lipscomb
Mark Rafferty
Daniel Younessi
Srishti Yadav

Update from Wednesday, September 20:

On Wednesday September 20th, our newly-elected bargaining committee sat down for our first negotiation session with The New School.

Management responded to some of our initial proposals around basic contract language with no major additions or agreements. We are still waiting for The New School to give us some information about the unit from our initial info request, but now that we have an elected committee, we will start working through the information from our bargaining survey to start putting together our initial proposals around the issues that matter to us.

Also, on Wednesday, a member of our bargaining committee, Lisa Lipscomb, testified at the Graduate Workers of Columbia forum on student workers’ rights alongside elected representatives and fellow student workers from across the region. We hope our election win and contract negotiations continue to inspire other student workers to keep fighting, and shame administrations like Columbia’s into doing the right thing and respecting student workers rights!

In solidarity,
Katherine Fox
Mithra Lehn
Lisa Lipscomb
Mark Rafferty
Srishti Yadav
Daniel Younessi