Sep 10

Contract Negotiations

The Union @ Cooper Union is currently in contract negotiations.  The bargaining team members are:

Betsy Alwin, Marilyn Whitesides, Leah Hebert, Susan Dorsey and Cara DiEdwardo.  Rachel Sophrin sat on the committee this summer as well.

May 10

Union Office Hours Changed for the Summer

From now until after Labor Day the only union office hours will be held on Tuesdays from 11 – 12 pm.

Please refer to this website to keep informed about changes in office hours and events.

Have a great summer!

Dec 09

Holiday Party – January 15th

The executive board would like to wish you and yours a happy and healthy Holiday Season!

Since the New Year is the time to celebrate a new beginning, mark your calendars for a U@CU New Year Kickoff celebration:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th, 5:30 PM in the Peter Cooper Suite

Join your fellow union members for a night of music, food and drink.

Until then please enjoy a safe and sound Holiday break!

Dec 09

Election Results

The election tally is complete. Thanks to all of the election volunteers, and most of all thanks to everyone who voted. (The overall turnout was over 40%.)

Special Election, Union @ Cooper Union, December 15th, 2009

Area 300 Rep. Propositions
Valid Ballots Counted



Voided Ballots



Unresolved / contested ballots






(A ballot is “void” if it contains marks that would identify the voter, or is mailed outside a secret ballot envelope.)

Area 300 Representative (Buildings & Grounds)

Winner: Chris Gueren

Changes to the Constitution and By-Laws

All 14 propositions PASSED:

  1. Recognize additional departments as “areas” for representation
  2. Change local dues to sliding scale
  3. Require absentee ballots for elections
  4. Define certain specific election procedures
  5. Limits on the President (when executing local union policies)
  6. Limits on the President (when representing local to external groups)
  7. Vice President coordinates Area Reps.
  8. Treasurer must deliver financial report at each general meeting
  9. Candidates cannot serve on elections committee
  10. Area Rep. elections must follow same rules as Exec. Board elections
  11. Only members of involved area can vote to recall Area Rep.
  12. If officer is recalled by 2/3 majority vote, special election will be held
  13. Define procedure to authorize a strike
  14. Exec. Board officers can be reimbursed for missed work due to Union

Dec 09

Election on Dec 15th, 2009

The Union @ Cooper Union will hold an election on Tuesday Dec 15th, 2009. Absentee ballots have been mailed to all eligible members. Members can vote using the absentee ballot, or in person (not both).

When: 12-6pm on Tuesday Dec 15th, 2009

Where: Foundation Building Colonnade (Enter building, take immediate left into hallway along 4th AVE)

What is on the ballot: Every member should vote on changes to the local constitution and by-Laws, proposed by the Executive board. Additionally, members from Buildings & Grounds (Area #300) have a ballot to elect a new Area Representative for their area.

The Nominees:
NOTE: There was only one position for which we received multiple
nominations by the deadline (Area Rep – Area 300) so most of these nominees win by default.

  • Vice President
    Adaku Nzeribe
  • Deputy Rep – Area 200 (Art)
    Cara DiEdwardo
  • Area Rep – Area 300 (B&G)
    Chris Gueren
    Debbie Roth
  • Deputy Rep – Area 500 (Business, Computer Center, Office Services, Library, Lubalin, President’s Office)
  • RA Delegate
    Betsy Alwin
  • RA Delegate Alternate
    Leah Hebert