Monday, February 06, 2006

Support from Community Board 3

Community Board 3 of the East Village and Lower East Side unanimously passed a resolution in support of our strike, urging elected officials to get involved. NYU's Director of Government and Community Relations Alicia Hurley attended the meeting and attempted unsuccessfully to persuade CB3 not to pass the resolution. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer was also present at the meeting and voiced his support for our strike in front of the NYU representatives.

VOTE: Whereas, the Graduate Student Organizing Committee of United Auto Workers Local 2110 (GSOC/UAW Local 2110), the union of graduate student employees of New York University has had a productive five-year collective bargaining relationship with their employer, NYU, which came about as a result of an overwhelming vote of support by NYU's graduate student employees; and

Whereas, the right of graduate student employees at private universities to organize into unions was recently taken away, reversing a bi-partisan Clinton-era precedent by the Bush-appointee dominated National Labor Relations Board; and

Whereas, Community Board #3 recognizes the labor movement's positive contribution to improve the lives of all working people, as well as its historic role in New York City; and

Whereas, since August 31st, 2005, New York University, taking advantage of the Bush NLRB's action, has refused to recognize and negotiate with GSOC/UAW Local 2110 as the collective bargaining agent of its graduate student employees, despite consistent overwhelming support of the NYU community for the union; and

Whereas, hundreds of graduate student employees in GSOC/UAW Local 2110 are withholding their labor from NYU in a strike that commenced November 9th, 2005, including picketing in front of classroom buildings throughout our community; and Whereas, labor peace at NYU is in the interest of all members of the New York City community; and

Whereas, many prominent intellectuals, elected officials and community groups have honored a boycott of NYU's campus while the administration engages in union-busting; and

Whereas, Community Board #3 recognizes New York University's behavior as an historically exploitative corporate citizen both in its real estate expansion and labor relations practices; so

Therefore be it resolved, that Community Board #3 joins many elected officials and members of the community in affirming GSOC/UAW Local 2110's right to exist as the collective bargaining agent for graduate student employees at NYU; and

Be it further resolved, that Community Board #3 urges NYU to immediately negotiate with GSOC/UAW Local 2110 on all aspects of their graduate student employees' wages, hours and working conditions, including the previously enforceable grievance procedure and agency shop clause; and

Be it further resolved, that Community Board #3 condemns the use of replacement labor as a means of strike-breaking and urges NYU to not use said labor and to pledge that it will not retaliate against the union members, or supportive faculty and students; and

Be it further resolved, that Community Board #3 for the duration of the strike at NYU will hold all committee and board meetings in venues not owned by NYU to honor the union's picket line; and

Be it further resolved, that Community Board #3 requests all elected officials representing areas in which NYU employs workers and/or holds properties to make an active commitment to have NYU negotiate immediately with the graduate students organizing committee.

36 YES 0 NO 0 Abstention

In general news:

This Wednesday February 8, at 6pm the Graduate Student Council has called a town hall meeting in Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center to discuss graduate student issues. Union Chair Mike Palm will be speaking.

Picket shift hours have been moved to 10 AM to 2 PM--come out and join us! (We're still there, even if the rat isn't--he's become injured after so many weeks of tireless service.)


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