Graduate employees help make NYU a world-leading university. Working with faculty and other staff, graduate employees provide quality education to thousands of undergraduates and perform cutting-edge research projects that sustain innovation while generating lucrative grant dollars.
When the law required NYU to respect the right to collective bargaining, a majority of graduate employees chose GSOC/UAW and bargained improvements to pay, benefits and rights in a 2002 contract that graduate employees and NYU both hailed as a landmark agreement. In 2005, however, the NYU administration took advantage of weakened laws to deny this right and refused to bargain a second contract.
Despite NYU using every possible tactic to deny the democratic right to choose a union since then, a majority of NYU graduate employees have repeatedly asserted support for representation by GSOC/UAW, and now SET/UAW at NYU-Poly, and continue to seek justice and respect.
With the likely restoration of graduate employees' legal right to collective bargaining, we, the undersigned, urge the NYU and NYU-Poly administration to publicly commit to respecting union and democratic rights for graduate employees by publicly agreeing to the following: