Update April 5 – GWC-UAW agreed on Friday to a proposal made formally by the University to suspend the strike and engage in mediation. The attestation portal will continue to be opened weekly so that Student Officers may attest in order to be paid. Students may attest on April 7-8 for the period of April 1-7.
The graduate student union, Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW Local 2110, has exercised their right to strike beginning on March 15. The University has the right not to pay employees who participate in a strike and decline to work. The University will exercise that right, which means that Student Officers of Instruction and Research who are striking will see the following impact to their funding package they receive as part of their role:
- Payments made via payroll, which are issued semi-monthly (every two weeks) will not be paid while on strike;
- Payments made via their student account (sometimes referred to as a stipend) will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis to deduct the portion that corresponds to the period when the student was on strike. If this funding was paid as a lump sum earlier this term, a debit will be added to their student account for the pro-rata amount that corresponds to the period when the student was on strike. This amount will have to be repaid to the University.
Student officers of instruction and research who choose to work will be paid.
Students may complete an attestation to inform the University that they are working. This may be done for each pay period during a two-day window. Reminders will be sent at the beginning of each attestation period.
- Click on the "Payroll/Stipend Attestation" button in the upper-right corner of this page, and sign in with your UNI and Password
- Read the statement "I, First Name Last Name, attest that I have performed my student officer duties during the period checked below".
- Select the checkbox next to each period in which you performed your student officer duties
- Click “attest”
- You will receive a confirmation screen that your attestation has been recorded
Log in available to Student Officers of Instruction and Research only
Pay Period: April 16-30
The attestation period for April 16-22 is Thursday, April 22 at 12:01 a.m. to Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m.
Student Officers of Instruction and Research who do not log in and affirm they performed their duties during this attestation period will not be paid.
If you miss this window, but you did work, please contact email@example.com. Please note that payment will be delayed until after the University receives the attestation and is able to process the payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Only students who hold appointments as student officers of instruction and research will have access to the attestation portal and may attest to working. Those who attest that they worked will be paid.
Students who do not hold such appointments are not part of the attestation process and will not receive email instructions on how to access the portal. If they did not receive an email, they do not need to be concerned with this process.
The attestation period will open in the middle and at the end of a pay period. For example, with the strike beginning March 15th, the attestation portal will be open on March 23rd and 24th, the midpoint of the March 16th to March 31st pay period. You will receive an email when the portal has been opened and reminders to complete in order to be paid. Those who complete within the window provided (e.g., March 23-24) will be paid on time. The attestation portal will open again March 31st and April 1st, the end of the pay period.
Student officers of instruction and research will receive communications via their Columbia email address only (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Yes. Even if the union calls a strike, students have the right to perform their duties at any time. Those who do, may attest to that fact and will be paid.
Student officers will need to attest weekly. Emails will be sent to student officers advising them that the attestation period has begun and reminding them to attest if they have worked.
Student officers of instruction and research who do not attest will see the following impact to the funding package they receive as part of their role:
- Payments made via payroll, which are issued semi-monthly (every two weeks) will not be paid while on strike.
- Payments made via the student account (sometimes referred to as a stipend) will be adjusted on a pro rata basis to deduct the portion that corresponds to the period when the student was on strike. If this funding was paid as a lump sum earlier this term, a debit will be added to their student account for the pro rata amount that corresponds to the period when the student was on strike. This amount will have to be repaid to the University.
The attestation for the second half of each pay period is required to confirm that you were appropriately compensated for these days. If you do not perform your duties during these days, but received payment for the entire pay period based on the response to the period’s first attestation, the University will commence a process, consistent with NY State Law, for you to return the overpayment for the period you did not perform your duties.
In order to be paid timely, student officers of instruction and research should affirm that they fulfilled their required work obligations each week during the pay period and within the two-day window provided to do so. If you were actually working but missed the window, please email email@example.com and state the dates you were working. The University will pay student officers for time worked. Please note that payment will be delayed until after the University receives the attestation and is able to process the payment.
Student officers of instruction and research who do not work cannot be paid. Federal regulations, and most other external funding sources, do not allow funds to be used to pay employees if services are not performed. If you have a question about this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Union has taken the position that both salary and stipend constitute wages subject to bargaining and the assessment of dues. As requested by the Union, the University has agreed to bargain over total support, salary and stipend, as a combined package, regardless of how the amounts are characterized or paid. Student Officers of Research who fail to meet their responsibilities will forfeit a proportional share of their full financial package as paid semi-monthly via payroll. PhD Student Officers of Instruction receive their full financial package as a combination of semi-monthly payments via payroll and upfront payments of stipend amounts made in anticipation of their meeting their responsibilities in the coming term. Under longstanding University policy (see Salary Payments), advance payment of the stipend is conditional and subject to recoupment if the recipient fails to complete his or her responsibilities under the program. To assure that all striking PhD Student Officers are treated equally with regard to not being paid when duties have not been performed, it will be necessary to debit the account of a striking student who received a lump sum stipend payment earlier in the term for the portion that corresponds to the period when the student is on strike.
Yes. You may choose to make up the work that you missed while on strike and receive compensation. In order to be paid the salary and/or stipend that you were not paid while on strike, student officers of instruction should complete any make-up work no later than the scheduled final exam in the course (or April 23 if there is no final exam in the course), and student officers of research should complete any make-up work no later than April 30.