Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More on the Dorm Lawsuit

Judge Edward Lehner of the New York State Supreme Court beleives that the NYU dorm on 12th street may be illegal. The case is pending before both the Court and the city's Board of Standards and Appeals. Read all about it in The New York Sun.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Since Nerds have been away...

There have been few posts. But the academic year is about to start, and the coming week will feature some of the first GSOC actions in a while. So our loyal readers will know what's what, we'll let you know that as the year begins we will not be on strike. This is primarily because the turnover the bargaining unit is so large each year (probably about a quarter of workers are replaced) that last year's strike authorization vote would no longer have legitimacy. Our pressure campaign continues, however, as we work to organize the group of brand new employees who start work over the next two weeks, and we expect exciting things to happen this semester.

As for the dorm scandal referred to in the last post? A lawsuit has now been filed against the developer, Hudson Co., charging it with violation of zoning laws. The plaintiffs in the case include many local residents, and GSOC is involved with supporting the lawsuit.

Insidehighered.com features an article on the annual conference of the Coalition of Graduate Employees Unions. It talks of the fact that many groups attending the conference have pledged to dedicate time and resources to our struggle during the 2006-2007 year--because, as GSOCers have been saying from the beginning, the fight for a union at NYU is not only about us--it's about all universities.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Living at NYU

NYU has made Business Week's list of the top ten priciest dorms in the United States. And to make it more expensive, they are working on constructing a 26-story dorm in the heart of the East Village that is opposed by hundreds of community members and neighboors. In fact, it is likely that the dorm is in violation of zoning laws due to its improper aquisition of air rights from the historic post office next door.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Spreading the Word

As the summer comes to a close, Nerds want to highlight the ways in which the word is being spread about GSOC: