Contract with Student Workers of Columbia-UAW Ratified

January 28, 2022

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I am very pleased to report that Student Workers of Columbia-UAW has voted to ratify its first contract with the University. SWC-UAW announced that, out of a total of 2,150 votes cast, over 97% voted in favor of ratification.

The agreement between the University and SWC-UAW represents one of the most comprehensive and generous contracts between a private university and students who assume significant pedagogical and research responsibilities as part of their academic training. Its articles address specific concerns identified by our students during their studies at Columbia. All of us at the University will be beneficiaries of the concrete enhancements to the overall student experience.

Our principal goal throughout the process that led to this agreement has been to enable the highest level of scholarly achievement and personal fulfillment for our students in their roles, both as full-time students and as employees. We are confident that this contract will achieve that high purpose.

We look forward to working with the student leaders of SWC-UAW to enrich the vibrant academic environment that has always characterized Columbia. Our hope is that, together, we will find new opportunities to reaffirm our longstanding commitment to support our students, as well as recognize the important roles they play in the educational and research missions of this great institution.


Mary C. Boyce
Professor of Mechanical Engineering