As it stands, the RA position can be changed without the input of RAs. While Residential Life's reception of RA input this past year has led to improvements in our position, there is nothing stopping a unilateral reversal of that progress. As the student workers who support residents through crises and make residential life at Columbia possible, we demand an equal seat at the decision-making table to negotiate our compensation and working conditions. We believe that our democratic input will better the conditions of both Resident Advisers and all undergraduates, as reflected by the improvements that have already been made to RA. compensation because of our advocacy.
By recognizing our union voluntarily, Columbia University would set a precedent of valuing its student workers. It would also demonstrate a commitment to enabling democratic input from student workers to improve the RA working conditions and Undergraduate Student Life policies that affect all undergraduates living on campus. Forming this union is not intended to disrupt peaceful relationships in the workplace, but rather to foster an even more productive relationship with Columbia's administration.
We await a response from you by 11 :59 PM EST on February 22nd, 2023. We look forward to your recognition of our union, to a robust collective bargaining process, and to working with the Columbia administration to better serve our community. Respond to us at [email protected]
The CURA Collective