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Tandon Request to Teach Info

PLEASE NOTE. FOR TANDON NYU ADJUNCTS 2016 ONLY THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR REQUEST TO TEACH LETTER IS APRIL 22, 2016. The normal deadline resumes for Tandon adjuncts for Dec. 15, 2016. Read full notice >>


ACT-UAW 7902 applauds President Hamilton for raising student worker wages to a minimum of $15/hour. Student workers have become an integral to NYU’s day-to-day operations, and it is refreshing to have communication from the president’s office that recognizes the value of their work.

We also want to acknowledge the efforts of organized labor in making this recognition possible: our union sisters and brothers have worked in the best traditions of labor organizing in this country to bring the plight of underpaid workers in this city and across the country to light, and they have used the resources at their disposal to effect policy changes locally and statewide.

In short, we know that President Hamilton is aware of the campaigning that has brought about his call for a $15 dollar minimum wage for NYU student workers. It may have been rebranded by Gov. Cuomo, but it was invented by unions.

All of this matters deeply at NYU, where close to 3000 adjuncts also ought to have the value of their work acknowledged: a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.

The contract between NYU and ACT-UAW 7902 expires in a matter of weeks and adjuncts campus-wide are gratified to hear the acknowledgment of right of every worker to fair wages, especially as we begin our own contract negotiations.

NYU Adjuncts Meet Andrew Hamilton,
NYU’s New President

On Tuesday, February 16th, a delegation of NYU activists and members met for breakfast with Andrew Hamilton, NYU’s newly appointed president.  It was very impressive to see nearly 20 adjuncts, wearing their ACT-UAW or “Adjunct Ally” buttons surrounding “Andy” as he prefers to be called.

President Emily Barnett and NYU Unit Chair Chris Rzonca made Andy aware of the union’s importance in the lives of adjunct faculty and also made a strong case for the inclusion of Tandon adjuncts under our contract.

President Hamilton listened and responded by saying he needed to learn more about the Tandon situation and would look into it.  He shook hands with all of our members who each spoke to their individual concerns including the upcoming negotiations insuring a good contract.

In addition, we presented him with a letter of welcome (see below) and thanked him for reaching out to adjunct faculty.  He made it clear this would not be the last time we would meet.

All in all, it is fair to say that President Hamilton knows there is a strong, vocal and united adjunct union at NYU.  For our part, we look forward to working with him to improve the life of adjuncts at NYU.

Here is a copy of the letter (as a PDF) that our President (Emily Barnett) and NYU Unit Chair (Chris Rzonca) handed to President Hamilton: Hamilton-Letter_2-15-16

Flint Water Crisis

Greetings Colleagues,

We are all acutely aware of the Flint water crisis. The response by the UAW has been of tremendous help to the people of Flint.

The Director of UAW Region 1D in Flint Michigan, Gerald Kariem, is securing monetary donations to help the citizens of Flint. Checks should be made out to:

United Way of Genesee County-Water Fund

Please send to:
UAW Region 1D
1940 W. Atherton Road
Flint, MI 48507

The United Way of Genesee County is taking care of the funds with no administrative fees so that every penny will go to aid the residents of Flint. Funds will be used for water, filters and replacement cartridges for the filters.

In Solidarity,
Emily Barnett, President ACT-UAW Local 7902

Historic Win For Tandon Adjuncts At Federal Labor Board!

In an historic and overwhelming victory at the National Labor Relations Board, NYU Tandon School of Engineering adjuncts voted YES for union representation with ACT-UAW Local 7902, representing Adjuncts at NYU and Part Time Faculty at The New School.

With this vote, the Tandon (formerly Polytechnic) Adjuncts unequivocally asserted that they should not be treated differently than the rest of their colleagues at NYU, and deserve the same benefits and protections. NYU can no longer put off negotiating with the Tandon adjuncts – they must now sit down at the bargaining table with the union!

Please check for updates on these negotiations in the coming months, as well as information regarding negotiations for the entire NYU contract during the Spring semester.

We look forward to welcoming our 240 brother and sister Tandon adjuncts into our Local in the New Year!

UAW Wins Historic Victory in U.S. South with Vote at VW Plant

December 4, 2015

The United Auto Workers union won its first organizing vote at a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the U.S. South on Friday, in a groundbreaking victory after decades of failed attempts.

About 71 percent of skilled trades workers who cast ballots at Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted to join the UAW, according to the company and the union.

The skilled trades workers account for about 11 percent of the 1,450 hourly employees at the plant.

If the UAW victory, as expected, survives an appeal by Volkswagen to the National Labor Relations Board, the 164 skilled trades workers will be the first foreign-owned auto assembly plant workers to gain collective bargaining rights in the southern United States.

Read more at Reuters >>

Support The New School Grad Student Workers

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RAs and TAs Petition NLRB for Unions

Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW), the union for 2,800 Columbia University RAs and TAs, and Student Employees of New School (SENS-UAW), the union for over 350 RAs and TAs at the New School, filed petitions at the Manhattan NLRB office to become part of the UAW.
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