NYU became the first major private research university to recognize a graduate employee union when it voluntarily and jointly agreed with the UAW in November 2013 to an election among graduate students to collectively bargain.  That led to the first contract between a major private research university and a collective bargaining unit of graduate employees—GSOC/UAW—in March 2015.

In July 2020, NYU and GSOC/UAW began negotiations for a renewal of the contract.  As of April 22, 2021, there had been 16 bargaining sessions, but no contract.  In late March 2021, GSOC/UAW announced a strike authorization vote, and in mid-April, set a strike deadline of April 26, 2021.

GSOC/UAW began its strike on April 26, 2021.

The University believes the strike called by GSOC/UAW is unwarranted, untimely, and regrettable.

NYU renews and continues its call for GSOC/UAW to agree to bring in a mediator to help achieve a settlement.

During the strike, NYU’s priority will be the academic progress of its students and minimizing the strike’s disruption to the University’s educational and scholarly mission.

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