Through our union, Mount Sinai student workers are improving the student worker experience at Mount Sinai and increasing our voice locally and nationally.

Student workers make essential contributions to the world-class research conducted at Mount Sinai, but many of us still struggle to pay high housing and other costs in New York City, lack secure rights in the workplace, and face increasing uncertainty about our futures given the precarious nature of science funding and unstable regulation of visas and work authorization in recent years.

We join a growing national movement of academic workers forming unions with the UAW to improve our lives and our work. UAW student workers across the country have made a difference advocating for science research funding, fair visa and immigration policies, and better working conditions in all academic institutions.

We have already seen the power of organized student workers at major research institutions to dramatically improve their working conditions through unionization with United Auto Workers, including right here in NYC with student workers at Columbia University, where student workers formed the first union for graduate student employees at a private institution in the United States, and at New York University. Postdoctoral researchers at Columbia and here at Sinai also formed the first unions for postdocs at private institutions in the United States. By building on their experience we can continue to raise standards for researcher working conditions across the city.

Hear from some colleagues about why they support the union for student workers at Mount Sinai.