Voting by Columbia teaching and research assistants to decide whether they wish to be represented by United Auto Workers Local 2110 union for purposes of collective bargaining concludes March 19 for the Morningside Heights campus. In general, TAs and RAs were to vote on the campus where they normally teach or perform research and voting on the Health Sciences, Lamont Doherty and Nevis campuses concluded last week.
Voting will be held at:
Earl Hall, Second Floor Auditorium
From 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.
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The election will be held although the University has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) 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.
Finally, 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.