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Fordham Graduate Student Workers Ratify First Contract

After 19 months of bargaining, members of Fordham Graduate Student Workers-CWA (FGSW-CWA Local 1104) have ratified their first union contract. This contract is the result of membership solidarity, patience, strength, and action. Fordham’s graduate student workers mobilized and fought for a contract that sets industry standards in several areas and builds a foundation for future union members.

The contract covers an economic package representing an approximate 39 percent increase from the current baseline in the first year alone and 3 percent annual raises for the life of the contract thereafter. Members won improved medical insurance coverage and the creation of a dental insurance plan. Under their union contract, graduate workers now enjoy academic freedom and intellectual property rights to their course materials.

Setting a new industry standard, the contract bans Fordham from requesting non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) from any victim of discrimination or harassment, inside or outside the bargaining unit. The contract effectively ends the silencing of harassment and discrimination for anyone at Fordham, an important win for campus safety.

Setting another industry-leading standard, the contract increases protections for international graduate student workers and establishes an emergency fund to aid these workers in times of acute financial hardship.

To achieve this contract, workers at Fordham University participated in a two-year mobilization campaign that brought graduate workers together to march, protest, walk picket lines, and speak out for their rights as workers.

Fordham University Student Workers Ratify Contract 
Members of Fordham Graduate Student Workers Union (FGSW-CWA Local 1104) gathered to celebrate after ratifying their first contract.


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