After nearly one month, graduate students at Columbia University have called off what had been an indefinite-length strike by their new union, which was seeking to be recognized by the administration:
“Graduate Student Employees United announced Sunday that it is calling off its strike for union recognition at Columbia University at the request of City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and New York State Senate Minority Leader David Paterson.
According to David Carpio, a former graduate student at Columbia and a GSEU spokesperson, the “strike hiatus” was prompted by a letter from Miller and Paterson last week that called upon representatives from GSEU and University President Lee Bollinger to sit down with them and discuss possible resolutions to the conflict. The letter also requested that GSEU refrain from disrupting this week’s graduation ceremonies or holding a picket line as a “sign of good faith,” Carpio said. … “