Hardship Fund for Columbia Student Workers #ColumbiaGivingDay

Donations will support students who can no longer afford rent, groceries, or healthcare because of Columbia’s failure to provide adequate wages and sudden change to pay policy.


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$27,894.75 USD

Total raised

$27,894.75 USD

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Please donate here for #ColumbiaGivingDay and beyond!

Columbia pays their graduate student workers $5,500 to $18,000 below an annual living wage in NYC. Yet, they raised enough money in the past 5 Giving Days alone, a 5-day work week, to fund the entire cost of our union's proposal to provide workers with a living wage and adequate healthcare for the next three years.

Despite the U.S. inflation rate up 5.4% from a year ago, the highest rate shift since 2008, Columbia chose to illegally freeze all graduate student compensation at last year's levels in retaliation for not accepting their offer of an average increase of 2.7%, only $1,023. That's less than the average gift to Columbia on Giving Day over the past five years, $1,145.

Without graduate student workers teaching undergraduates and conducting grant research, there will be no recitation sections, laboratory sections, office hours, or grant research completed, which will bring the educational and academic mission of the University to a halt. Please support Columbia student workers by donating here this Giving Day, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 and beyond.

In addition, Columbia has enacted a sudden change to pay policy this year and student workers have had to begin the year with $8,000 less than expected, with only a month’s notice to adjust. This imperiled the safety of students who will no longer be able to afford rent, groceries, or healthcare because of Columbia’s policy change. We demand Columbia fulfill its obligation to keep their employees safe by returning to the normal pay schedule, which student workers rely on for their survival.

Columbia has an obligation to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community; instead, it has chosen to amplify the pandemic’s engineered social inequities. Please help to remedy this situation through your donations.


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