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When Columbia Students Are Under Attack, We Must Stand Up, Fight Back!

On January 19, two Columbia University students who are former Israeli Defense Forces soldiers attacked students with a chemical-based weapon called “skunk,” at a campus protest against the genocide of Palestinians. Students must unite with workers to defend our movement; from Palestine to Low, the attacks have got to go!

K.S. Mehta

February 2, 2024

Student Workers of Columbia Stand in Solidarity with Palestine

Student Workers of Columbia - UAW Local 2710 have published a statement of solidarity with Palestine.

SEIU Colludes with Columbia to Push Through Contract for Staff

The proposed contract would provide raises of only three percent per year, an effective pay cut. Workers are waging a “Vote No” campaign.

Olivia Wood

September 1, 2022

Student Workers of Columbia Reach Tentative Agreement

After more than two months on strike, the Student Workers of Columbia reached a tentative agreement for their union’s first contract with Columbia University.

Olivia Wood

January 8, 2022

Columbia University’s Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies Department Refuses To Hire Scabs

Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies has issued a statement refusing to hire scabs for the spring semester. All departments should follow its lead, stand in solidarity with student workers, and defy the university’s orders to break their strike.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

December 18, 2021

Columbia Seeks Scabs. NYC-Area University Educators Refuse

Columbia is trying to hire scabs to replace student workers for spring semester in an effort to break their 7-week-long strike. Student workers at NYU-GSOC have organized a pledge that no academic worker will cross the picket line by applying for or accepting these jobs. We reprint the pledge here and urge readers who work in higher education to sign on as individuals and ask their unions to do the same.

Left Voice

December 14, 2021

Dear Columbia: Denying Student Workers Healthcare and a Living Wage Is the Real Violence

Columbia University’s administration has denounced the “violence” at this week’s completely peaceful picket by student workers. Do not be fooled: the real violence is the university denying student workers healthcare, a living wage, and neutral third-party arbitration.

Mike Pappas

December 10, 2021

Unite Our Struggles: All Out for Columbia Student Workers

Student workers at Columbia University have been fighting to win a first contract for almost four years and are once again on strike. In order to win, they will need the support and solidarity of students and faculty across the city and across the country.

Columbia University Threatens Striking Student Workers with Permanent Replacement

On Thursday, Columbia University sent an email threatening to replace striking student workers permanently if they do not return to work by December 10. Unions in New York City and across the country must throw their full support behind the strike.

Left Voice

December 4, 2021

Columbia Gay Straight Alliance Supports Striking Workers. They Are Part of a Long Tradition of Queer-Labor Solidarity

An undergraduate queer student group at Columbia University hosted a screening of “Pride” (2014) in support of the student workers currently striking for their first contract. This is just one instance of a long history of queer worker organizing.

Olivia Wood

November 13, 2021