We Won Our Union!

 

We Are Weill Cornell Medicine Postdocs United

WCMPU-UAW is an organization by, of, and for Weill Cornell Medicine Postdocs who want to unionize in order to improve our research and employment experience at Cornell. Our work not only benefits the College and the economy, but also has positive impacts worldwide through groundbreaking medical research.  We work in many different fields and have varied experiences, but our dedication to research unites us all.

Irem Atasoy

Postdoctoral Associate
Anesthesiology

I believe that better science can be achieved with a healthier work environment and the ability to share ideas and concerns with transparency. However, right now the lack of stability and predictability we experience in our positions makes it more difficult to foster this kind of free and open environment. I support having a Union so we can build a stronger and freer voice to improve everyday lives as postdocs.

Jui-Lin Chen

Postdoctoral Associate
Pediatrics

As a vaccine researcher, my research focuses on how to develop vaccines for protecting children from HIV and SARS-CoV-2. With over 6 years of research experience, I am passionate about teaching immunology and vaccine science, and often mentor junior scientists who are new to our group. However, postdocs are treated as trainees and inadequately compensated by the institution even though we play a pivotal role in our research groups. This is harmful both for the postdocs who work so hard to keep the research going, and for the many labs at Weill Cornell that face challenges with recruiting postdocs. With a union, we could negotiate for pay and benefits that reflect our value, while helping make sure Weill Cornell keeps up with competitor institutions.

Caitlin Williams

Postdoctoral Associate
Pediatrics

The wages offered by Weill Cornell are not sufficient for supporting a family in New York City, nor do they reflect the extensive academic training and expertise of a postdoctoral position. As a mother and a scientist I believe it is crucial to support our positions with comprehensive wages and benefits such as access to low cost childcare. By forming a union, we can have a bigger voice as researchers to advocate for these and other policies.