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  • Labor Relations

    A Great Academic Institution, A Great Place to Work

    The New School is committed to the education and success of each and every one of its students and to being an outstanding place to work, learn and create. We are dedicated to maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of education and employment, and to ensuring equal access to our academic, artistic and cultural programs and activities.

    At The New School, we work hard to ensure that our academic, professional and student staff have the resources and leadership needed to support excellent teaching, research and cultural expression. We work together – with faculty, students and staff and the unions that represent them – to build on our proud history and shared commitment to the university.

    For nearly 50 years, The New School has worked closely and collaboratively with unions that represent its employees. Today, there are unions representing eight groups of employees on our campus. Jointly reached contracts are in place – or collective bargaining is underway – with each of these unions. Negotiations and other discussions with our labor groups are guided by clear, consistent principles.

  • At The New School, contract negotiations and other discussions with each of our unions are guided by clear, consistent principle

    Fairness and Transparency

    We are open and honest in discussions with our labor groups, in the sharing of information and perspectives, and in related communications to the university community and other stakeholders


    We are responsive to requests, questions and concerns from our unionized workforce and are committed to timely resolution of issues raised

    Doing What Is Right for All Students, Faculty and Staff

    We stay constantly focused on reaching outcomes that enhance the education and success of all of our students and that benefit the full New School community

    Maintaining a Long-term View

    We are committed to maintaining an effective balance between near-term educational and operational priorities and strengthening the long-term interests of the university; we always stay focused on ensuring that The New School will be able to build on its legacy and serve students and its entire community for generations to come

    Respect for the Collective Bargaining Process

    We are committed to having strong agreements in place with all of our labor groups and we respect the confidentiality of the negotiating process

  • Unions at The New School

    ACT-UAW Local 7902
    On campus since: 2005
    Total represented employees: 2,600
    Work group: Part-time faculty
    Current contract: Runs to August 31, 2019
    Union website

    American Federation of Musicians – Local 802
    On campus since: 1998
    Work group: Part-time jazz class faculty
    Total represented employees: 82
    Current contract: Runs to June 30, 2020
    Union website

    International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94
    On campus since: 2013
    Total represented employees: 10
    Work group: Engineers
    Current contract: Runs to December 31, 2018
    Union website

    SEIU 32BJ – Maintenance
    On campus since: 1970
    Total represented employees: 96
    Work groups: Facilities and maintenance employees
    Current contract: Runs to December 31, 2019
    Union website

    SEIU 32BJ – Security
    On campus since: approx. 1995
    Total represented employees: 70
    Work group: Campus safety guards
    Current contract: Runs to June 30, 2022
    Union website: Union website

    On campus since: 2017 
    Total represented employees: approximately 850
    Work group: Academic student workers, including Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Research Assistants, Course Assistants and Tutors
    Current contract: Contract ratified
    Union website

    Teamsters – Local 1205 Clerical
    On campus since: approx. 1980
    Total represented employees: 113
    Work groups: clerical employees and librarians
    Current contract: Runs to June 30, 2020
    Union website

    Teamsters – Local 1205 Professional
    On campus since: December 12, 2016
    Total represented employees: 135
    Work group: professional employees
    Current contract: Runs to December 31, 2021
    Union website