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Hear from academic workers and community leaders discussing the gender equity crisis in academia. When university administrations refuse to recognize democracy and bargain, they impede real recourse for addressing gender inequity and sexual harassment and assault.

Watch Congressman Keith Ellison at the African American Policy Forum in June discuss why grad workers need a real grievance process to address claims of sexual harassment and predation against their supervisors.

Congressman Elison Speaks About Sexual Harassment

Congressman Keith Elison gave a huge shout out to our union and Local 33 - UNITE HERE when he spoke at the African American Policy Forum, where he was honored, this summer. Elison is right, we need a union to have a contract with a grievance procedure that will protect us and provide real recourse against sexual harassment and violence. Please watch his important message and sign our national petition calling on our university administrators to stop fighting our democracy, UNIONS RIGHTS EQUAL GENDER EQUITY RIGHTS! https://www.realrecourse.org/petition/

Posted by GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia on Monday, October 30, 2017

“A union gives us lasting power to demand the university does something.” Nearly half of graduate student women report being sexually harassed on campus in their graduate programs. This appalling trend must be addressed. Watch the highlights from GWC’s forum on sexual violence, gender inequity, and how to strengthen avenues of recourse.

Columbia graduate workers hold forum on sexual violence

"A union gives us lasting power to demand the university does something." Nearly half of graduate student women report being sexually harassed on campus in their graduate programs. This appalling trend must be addressed. Watch the highlights from our forum last week on sexual violence, gender inequity, and how to strengthen avenues of recourse.

Posted by GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia on Monday, October 3, 2016

Watch the Harvard Graduate Student Union – UAW discuss campus sexual violence and its effects on grad students’ ability to learn, teach and do their research.

On Tuesday, we came together to discuss campus sexual violence and its effects on our ability to learn, teach and do our research. We cannot have equal rights to an education when we do not have adequate mental health care, when we cannot get reasonable accommodations, when our lab/research supervisors are the perpetrators and control our funding, visa status, and professional networks. Title IX provides us with the opportunity to hold our schools accountable and the Trump administration is considering changes that would make it more difficult to do so. The silence of the Harvard administration in the face of these changes as well as their active efforts to prevent a new student union election speaks plenty about their commitment to taking campus sexual violence seriously. As Sejal Singh from Know Your IX discussed, a union contract can ensure that we have: (i) adequate staffing of mental health facilities; (ii) regular campus climate surveys with public data release; or (iii) a neutral arbitration procedure to handle complaints. These are real actionable changes and we urge the Harvard administration to withdraw their appeal so we can hold a new, fair election and secure protections in a contract. We would like to thank Our Harvard Can Do Better, Harvard Law School HALT and the Harvard Asian American Women's Association for making this event possible.

Posted by Harvard Graduate Students Union - UAW on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch Columbia grad workers at the¬†International Women’s Strike.

International Women's Strike

Posted by GWC-UAW Local 2110 Graduate Workers of Columbia on Wednesday, March 8, 2017