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No-Strike Deal for Columbia Grad Students Has Union Members Split

Nov. 23, 2018, 8:31 PM

Unionized graduate student workers are decrying a no-strike provision in a proposed bargaining framework agreement between Columbia University and its student employees.

The university formally recognized the Columbia graduate student workers union, known as GWC, on Nov. 19, by proposing the bargaining framework, but now students at Columbia and other universities are pushing back. Unions at New York University and Northwestern University also spoke out against the no-strike provision at Columbia, saying the deal could eliminate union leverage across campuses.

“We believe this no-strike pledge will undermine the power of GWC and set a negative precedent for graduate unions,” the...

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