• For more than 50 years, The New School has worked closely and collaboratively with the nine unions that represent many of our staff and faculty. This page serves as the hub where you can easily access information and updates about current or upcoming contract negotiations.

    Current and Upcoming Negotiations

    SHENS-UAW Local 7902 is the union representing Student Health Employees. This unit includes therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse managers, the director of wellness, and the director of community health at The New School. The current contract expired on June 30, 2023 with an automatic 90-day extension to August 9. The university and the union met for their fourth bargaining session on September 11, and the next scheduled session is October 2. We have confirmed additional sessions on October 16 and November 6. The university stands ready and available to meet sooner or more frequently as well. 

    SENS-UAW Local 7902 is the union representing Academic Student Workers. This unit includes teaching assistants, teaching fellows, research associates, research assistants, course assistants, and tutors. The current contract expired on August 31, 2023. Our fifth bargaining session took place on September 22, and the university offered a number of dates to meet with the union. We remain ready to meet at any time, during business and after hours, on weekends, and for any amount of time so we can reach a new agreement that recognizes and rewards the hard work of our part-time student employees. 

    The Latest from Labor Relations

    Please check here for the latest news and negotiation developments. You can also see a timeline here which shows the university's efforts to work with 7902 since spring.

    See our fact sheet about SENS-UAW and the university's opening contract proposal. 

    Read our September 25 update: Update on the Latest Bargaining Session with SENS-UAW Local 7902, Academic Student Workers

    Read our September 14 update: Update on Bargaining with SHENS-UAW Local 7902, Student Health Employees

    Click here to see our opening proposal to SENS-UAW in full. This is intended as a starting point to hear from the union about what matters to them.

    Quick Facts

    • AFM Local 802 (Part-Time Jazz Faculty): In April 2023, the university reached a successor agreement with the union representing part-time faculty at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
    • ACT-UAW Local 7902 (Part-Time Faculty): We reached a strong, fair, five-year contract with our part-time faculty in December 2022.
    • Over the past 16 months, successor agreements have been reached with the following unions on our campus: AFM Local 802 (April 2023); ACT-UAW Local 7902 (December 2022); Teamsters Local 1205 Professional (October 2022); SEIU 32BJ—Security (September 2022); and Teamsters Local 1205 Clerical (January 2022).

    Guiding Principles

    Negotiations and other discussions with our unions are guided by clear, consistent principles, including:

    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.

    Responsiveness
    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 Students, Faculty, and Staff
    We stay constantly focused on reaching outcomes that improve the education and support the success of all of our students and that benefit the full New School community.

    Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
    We are committed to ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and socially just environment for all students, staff, and faculty. 

    Maintaining a Long-Term View
    We seek to find the balance between near-term educational and operational priorities and the goal of strengthening the long-term interests of the university to ensure 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 respect the collective bargaining process and view the negotiating table as a safe space for the free and open exchange of ideas and proposals.

    Unions at The New School

    We currently have unions representing nine groups of faculty and staff on our campus, and we strive to have productive and collaborative relationships with each of them. Jointly reached contracts are in place (or collective bargaining is underway) with each of these unions, and we are proud to provide exceptional benefits to our employees.

    Here’s a snapshot of all nine unions and the employees they represent. More information about each union can be found on the university’s Labor Relations page.

    Academic Student Workers – SENS-UAW Local 7902
    SENS-UAW Local 7902 has been on campus since 2017. This union represents approximately 1,000 Academic Student Workers, including teaching assistants, teaching fellows, research associates, research assistants, course assistants, and tutors.

    Clerical Employees & Librarians – Teamsters Local 1205
    Teamsters Local 1205 Clerical has been on campus since 1980. It represents 75 clerical employees including office assistants, secretaries, accounting clerks, library clerks, librarians, librarian's assistants, and mail/duplicating clerks.

    Engineers – IUOE Local 94
    International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94 has been on campus since 2013. It represents 10 engineering employees.

    Maintenance – SEIU Local 32BJ
    SEIU 32BJ Maintenance has been on campus since 1970. It represents 96 employees including staff working in facilities, maintenance, and cleaning services.

    Part-Time Faculty – ACT-UAW Local 7902
    ACT-UAW Local 7902 has been on campus since 2005. It represents 2,600 part-time faculty members (except those teaching at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music).

    Part-Time Jazz Faculty – AFM Local 802
    American Federation of Musicians Local 802 has been on campus since 1998. It represents 130 part-time faculty members at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

    Professional Employees – Teamsters Local 1205 Professional
    Teamsters Local 1205 Professional has been on campus since 2016. It represents 135 professional employees including audio-visual technicians, financial aid counselors, information technology technicians, program administrators, student accountant coordinators, student success advisors, Making Center technicians, international student advisors, senior student success advisors, student account coordinators, and student account specialists.

    Security – SEIU 32BJ
    SEIU 32BJ Security has been on campus since 1995. It represents 70 campus safety officers.

    Student Health Employees – SHENS-UAW Local 7902
    SHENS-UAW Local 7902 has been on campus since 2018. It represents 20 employees including therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse managers, the director of wellness, and the director of community health.

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