NEW YORK – New York City Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley today joined striking Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers today at a picket line at Columbia University. Wiley joined the workers following two years of thus far unsuccessful negotiations over their first labor contract. Wiley is a 1989 Columbia Law School graduate.
Maya Wiley said: “After two years of negotiations, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers deserve a fair contract. Every worker in New York City deserves a job with real benefits, that pays a fair wage and it’s time Columbia University lives up to its values. I am proud to stand in solidarity with the 3,000 striking Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers.”
Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Steve Levin, and former City Council Member Jimmy Vacca. She has also received the endorsement of the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) and Democracy For America.
Since entering the race, Wiley has put out a number of policy proposals, including her New Deal New York, a piece of her economic vision that will create 100,000 jobs; a plan to save small business; a Universal Community Care plan to provide $5,000 grants for the 100,000 most in-need New York City Caregivers; a proposal to combat gun violence; and a plan to fight evictions.