Mar 1, 2024 | News Story

NYU Contract Faculty Win Their Union, Form Largest Union of Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track, Private University Professors in the Country

Full time, non-tenure track faculty at New York University have voted by an overwhelming margin (553 to 72, or 89.5%) in favor of joining Contract Faculty United - UAW (CFU-UAW). CFU-UAW Contract faculty at NYU will now be the largest union of full-time, non-tenure track professors at any private university in the country, representing nearly 1,000 Contract Faculty across NYU.  

“With participation from nearly 67% of the unit, this is a resounding vote for our union,” said Ahmed Ansari, Industry Assistant Professor in Technology, Culture and Society at Tandon School of Engineering. “Our work powers NYU’s educational mission—but too many of us face unpredictable salaries that routinely shortchange women and people of color. We look forward to negotiating a strong first contract that allows us to live in New York City, protects our job security and academic freedom, and makes NYU an equitable place to work. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, and we are excited to bargain as equals with the university administration to make progress on these issues and more."

“UAW workers in higher education are standing up and winning major improvements all across the United States, raising the standards for all academic workers,” said UAW President Shawn Fain. ”We applaud NYU contract faculty for taking this major step towards winning the pay, benefits and respect they deserve, and we’ve got their back.”

“We are excited to welcome NYU contract faculty into the growing UAW family,” said Brandon Mancilla, Director of UAW Region 9A, which includes New York City, New England and Puerto Rico. “After a long fight and a historic election victory, contract faculty can now look forward to bargaining a strong first union contract.” Read more here and in Washington Square News.