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TA, RA Vote About Unionization Scheduled for March 13, 14, 19

The Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has set the dates and locations of the election by which Columbia teaching and research assistants will decide whether they wish to be represented by United Auto Workers Local 2110 union for purposes of collective bargaining.

Voting will be held on each of Columbia's four campuses on specific dates, and eligible voters have been notified of their eligibility and their assigned polling place by e-mail and letter. In general, TAs and RAs will vote on the campus where they normally teach or perform research.

Voting dates and polling locations by campus are as follows:

Morningside Heights Campus
  Dates and Times:
    March 13, Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM
    March 14, Thursday, 10 AM to 8 PM
    March 19, Tuesday, 10 AM to 5 PM
  Location: Earl Hall, Second Floor Auditorium

Health Sciences Campus
  Dates and Times:
    March 13, Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM
    March 14, Thursday, 10 AM to 8 PM
  Location: Alumni Auditorium Lobby, Black Building Entrance

Lamont Doherty Campus
    Date and Times:
    March 13, Wednesday, 10 AM to 3 PM
  Location: Geoscience Building, Room 110

Nevis Campus
  Date and Times:
    March 13, Wednesday, 10 AM to 12 Noon
  Location: Conference Room

The election will be held although the University has asked the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. to review the ruling issued by the Regional Director of Region II on February 11, 2002, holding that Columbia's graduate research assistants and graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants are employees within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act.

The University is asking the NLRB to reconsider and reverse its decision concerning New York University (NYU), as an unwarranted reversal of nearly 30 years of Board precedent. Further, if the Board decides not to reverse NYU, Columbia argues that it does not control in this case, where there are significant differences between the two universities.

The University urges that the Regional Director erred in finding Columbia's undergraduates to be employees and to include them in a bargaining unit with graduate students with whom they have no community of interest.

According to the ruling made last month by the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board the following groups of students are eligible to vote:
All graduate and undergraduate Teaching Assistants (Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Law Associates, Preceptors, Instructors, Listening Assistants, Course Assistants, Readers and Graders), Graduate Research Assistants and Departmental Research Assistants employed this semester at the Morningside Heights, Health Sciences, Lamont-Doherty and Nevis facilities.

Those ineligible to vote are:

All other employees, including Teaching Fellows and Research Assistants in the Law School; Instructors and Teaching Assistants in the Summer Session programs; Teaching Assistants, Course Assistants and Program Assistants in the School of International and Public Affairs; and Departmental Research Assistants in the School of the Arts, Film Division, and Service Fellows in the School of the Arts.

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Published: Mar 12, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002


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