Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW Bargaining: Tentative Agreement Reached

April 19, 2021

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

We are pleased to have reached a historic tentative agreement with the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW that advances the interests of our graduate workers and strengthens the University academically and as an employer.

This full and fair agreement remains subject to ratification. In all, it marks a significant milestone in the University’s relationship with our graduate students, who contribute to the overall success of the University. This outcome was only possible because of the dedication and hard work of both bargaining teams. First agreements are always challenging, and this one has been especially so during the pandemic, which has placed Columbia—and higher education generally—under great strain. Our purpose is to make Columbia a place where all students can achieve the highest levels of both intellectual accomplishment and personal fulfillment. This agreement helps us attain that goal.


Ira Katznelson
Interim Provost
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History