Since 2005, we have continued to work together to win back collective bargaining at NYU by continuing to have a majority in favour of GSOC-UAW. And in the fall of 2013, we reached a historic agreement with NYU, where a majority of graduate employees would vote and get our union back with 98.4% VOTE YES. As NYU`s Contract Faculty, we come together to negotiate with New York University and build our political voice as educators and researchers whose work is supported by this institution. We are partnering with the thousands of university workers at Columbia and the New School who are trying to secure a better future through collective bargaining, and we are part of a growing movement in private institutions such as Barnard, BU, Tufts and Fordham, where conventional union faculties have negotiated significant improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions. In the absence of collective bargaining, we have seen stagnant wages, increased workloads, reduced performance, threats to job security and a lack of transparency in administrative policies. If our benefits and working conditions are guaranteed by a collective agreement, NYU cannot change the terms of our employment without our agreement. As collaborators at NYU, we have created a union to improve our working conditions and make the university a fairer and more accessible institution for teaching, research and learning. ARTICLE 1 – RECONNAISSANCE According to the national Labor Relations Board`s certification at New York University and the united Staff Association at NYU, Local 3882, New York State United Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO, Case No. 2-RC-18155, New York University recognizes The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Technical Staff at NYU Local, 3882, New York State United Teachers , AFT, AFL-CIO is the sole and exclusive bargaining partner for all full-time and regular part-time employees in the Code 106 office, as well as all full-time and part-time technicians at Code 104, including employees on a teaching assignment, and all „special collaborators“ who have worked at least twelve (12) consecutive weeks and worked an average of twenty hours or more per week. All code staff except Codes 104 and 106, medical center staff, full-time students, students receiving financial assistance through New York University, casual workers, confidential employees, professional employees, custodians and superiors within the meaning of the National Labor Act Relations are excluded from the unit.
Although we have not resolved our differences over the bargaining rights of scientific assistants in the hard sciences and engineering, the agreement has allowed more than 1,200 graduates to grant bargaining rights and opt for union training. We continue to organize ourselves to get a strong contract, to earn collective bargaining rights for research assistants in hard science and engineering, to improve our jobs and to make a better NYU. The Student Organizing Committee (GSOC-UAW) is the Union for Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs), Research Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Assistants (GAs) at New York University. A majority of graduates have supported GSOC-UAW for 16 years because collective bargaining gives us more power to improve our own lives and make nYU a better and more accessible university. We work hard and our work is crucial to NYU`s teaching and research missions, which make it a world-class university. Unfortunately, the NYU administration hid behind the weakening of labor law during the George W. Bush era to refuse to negotiate when our first contract expired in 2005.