89% voted yes in our strike authorization vote. The final tally was 119 yes votes and 15 no votes. This means that the BCF-UAW Bargaining Committee has been authorized to set a strike deadline.
The Bargaining Committee will continue to push hard in scheduled bargaining sessions tomorrow (12/9) and next week (12/13 and 12/14). We will write soon with the results of those sessions. We hope to report that the administration has heard our voices and is moving towards a fair contract. However, we will move to set a strike deadline if necessary.
Solidarity and resolve are becoming hallmarks of our union. At every stage—when we held a card drive to ask for a union, when the NLRB held an election to certify our union, and now when we are faced with administrative intransigence at the bargaining table—supermajorities have stood up to demand recognition of our contribution to the College. Our collective strength, bolstered by our multitude of student and alumnae supporters, will make Barnard a national leader in the treatment of contingent faculty.