Unit Representative Statement

For years I have organized, strategized, and blogged as part of our union. I have collected hundreds of signatures on petitions, helped convince the Bargaining Committee not to leave stipends out of our contract, and argued that faculty should not intervene in internal union disputes. The NYU AWDU caucus consistently compares the democratically elected leadership of our larger union, UAW Local 2110, to management. By contrast, I believe that other workers in our union are our indispensable allies in fighting for justice. I will focus on signing up members and proactively investigating contractual issues, not picking new internal fights. I will work to renew our commitment to building leadership across the unit, demonstrating majority support for our demands, and filing timely and accurate grievances. I believe that consistency and logical rigor, not flashy rhetoric or activist self-identification, are the qualities that union leadership requires.

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