Election to Fill Two Bargaining Committee Vacancies
An election for the SENS-UAW Bargaining Committee vacancies (2 positions) will take place on February 1st, 2018.
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: Levinson Lower Lobby, Lower Level, 6 East 16th Street, Manhattan
The following four individuals have accepted their nominations for the bargaining committee. Each candidate has also submitted a candidate statement.
Raven Hetzler, Economics, NSSR
I have been an active organizer for the union since I came to The New School in 2016. Because of this work I am very familiar with the issues we are bargaining over and I know how to pressure the administration to help us win, and I will use this knowledge to advocate on behalf of academic student workers as a member of the bargaining committee. The bargaining process has now reached the big-ticket economic issues – wages, health care, fee waivers, and other benefits – and I will fight tooth and nail to win the best possible contract for student workers, including better pay and good healthcare benefits.
John Milne, Lang
As an undergraduate Student Fellow in the BA/MA program, I have a vested interest in a cooperative, principled and productive relationship between The New School and its student workers. I am an Economics and Politics double major, Capitalism Studies minor and am pursuing a MA in Comparative Politics. I currently am a Teacher Assistant and Chapter Director for the Civic Liberal Arts course Becoming Generation Citizen, where I work with and act as a liaison between the Director of the Undergraduate Politics Department Deva Woodly, Program Associates from the non-profit organization Generation Citizen and New School students. Having worked on city council, senatorial and presidential campaigns I have experience organizing that will be valuable in our struggle against the intersections of the corporatization of higher education and deunionization.
Louisa Strothman, Lang
I want to accept my nomination to the SENS-UAW Local 7902 Bargaining Committee. I have held two research assistant positions over the three years I have been at Lang, while pursuing a BA in sociology, Spring 2018 being my last semester. I got involved with the SENS-UAW organizing Spring 2017, while the union was getting permission to form by NLRB, and since participated in the work-in in Fall 2018, and kept up to date on bargaining. As a student I have taken part in meetings with administrators to improve the conditions for students at TNS, often met without any visible change. Outside TNS, I have been actively advocating raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York, including attending meetings at the state house and many political actions. The law passed in April 2017, and we are still working to make sure the new laws are carried out. The bargaining committee is in a position, backed by the union membership to make necessary demands that will bring student workers closer to living wages and rights. I understand the gravity of listening to student workers about the most pressing needs and critically considering what support is necessary to make sure our contract enables employees’ access to their rights. It is my mission if elected as a member to this committee to serve as part of the ongoing push for greater budget transparency and dispersing New School funds back to students and faculty.
Michael Dobson, Politics, NSSR
I am seeking election to the SENS-UAW Local 7902 Bargaining Committee because of my belief that collective bargaining can deliver tangible and much-needed improvements to the lives of New School students, and because I am confident I have the experience necessary to be an effective negotiator for our student body. This experience includes two and a half years practicing as a lawyer at a large corporate law firm in New Zealand, and one year as a legal advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands leading up to, and at, the COP21 negotiations that created the Paris Climate Agreement. In these roles I was involved in complex, hard-fought negotiations, carried out both by exchange of correspondence and through formal and informal negotiations. I enjoy negotiating and would relish the opportunity to undertake it on behalf of current and future New School student employees. I would take my responsibilities as a negotiator very seriously, in particular the responsibility to proactively engage with the wider student employee body regarding the progression of negotiations and the major objectives to be achieved.
Originally from New Zealand, I left legal practice to come to the New School in 2012, determined to find a more socially impactful use of my critical faculties than a career in corporate law. I completed my MA in Politics at NSSR with Nancy Fraser, and am now pursuing a PhD in the same department. I have worked previously as an RA, am currently a TF.
Voting in the election shall be at large and shall not be restricted by jurisdiction.
Voters, regardless of department, shall be entitled to vote for up to two  candidates.
Eligible voters are any union supporters who have a signed a card. If you have not signed a union card previously, you may do so at the polls in order to vote.
Ballots will be counted after the polls close in Levinson Lower Lobby.
See you at the polls!