Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Postdocs Form Union at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Einstein Researchers United-UAW

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Postdoctoral researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of New York’s most prestigious research institutions, have won their union election in a landslide victory.

Einstein Researchers United-UAW will represent about 230 workers who make crucial contributions to public health, climate science and many other areas. Newly minted members say that union representation will allow them to enjoy workplace rights, improved benefits, more family-friendly policies and practices, and will create conditions where their work is valued.

Rohan Misra, a postdoc fellow in the genetics department, said that “despite the fact that postdocs drive the world-class research produced at Einstein, I’ve witnessed firsthand the lack of support many of us face in addressing our needs, especially during a cost-of-living crisis. Our international status compounds these challenges, making fair pay and adequate support crucial.”