Student Workers of Columbia University on Strike, Week Two
Student workers including undergraduate and graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University are wrapping up the second week of their strike, the second-largest in the country. This week's actions included pups on the picket line, bargaining, digital picketing, teach-ins, music, rallies, and more. Click here for today's schedule of events.
The workers, members of UAW Local 2110, are still fighting for outstanding demands including arbitration for discrimination and harassment claims; higher compensation levels; and improved healthcare covering vision and dental care. While graduate student workers at Columbia are paid $5,500 to $18,000 below an annual living wage in NYC, Columbia's endowment earned 32.3 percent returns for the fiscal year of 2021, eclipsing both the 5.5 percent returns realized in fiscal year 2020 and the 9.9 percent 10-year returns—resulting in a total endowment value of $14.35 billion.