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Campus Labor Unions and Labor Union Campaigns

Identifier: BC05-23

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection documents the bargaining process, including contracts, agreements, and other negotiations concerning pay, health care, and time off for UAW Local 2110 (formerly District 65).

Starting the 1970s and continuing through to the present day, the Barnard administration has demonstrated a pattern of working against efforts at unionization and the fight for fair labor practices at the College. Barnard’s clerical workers, dormitory attendants, and library workers (largely women of color) fought from 1972 to 1974 to form a union. The College fought back, refusing to meet the workers’ demands while negotiating their contract. The workers, under their union District 65, organized a month-long strike and walkout in January 1974, receiving support from students, staff, and community members. They won their contract in February 1974. District 65 supported women members of the cleaning staff at Barnard later that year, who fought for equal wages to male porters at the College. Barnard had violated the equal pay act, and had to raise the cleaning staff’s wages. UAW Local 2110 (formerly District 65) striked again in 1996, this time against increasing health insurance costs. They won after six months of striking. Students supported the workers who striked in 1996, holding a sit-in (an action for which their diplomas were postponed), unveiling a banner at that year’s graduation, and refusing to shake President Shapiro’s hand as they crossed the graduation stage.

The Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110, is an amalgamated union with contracts covering workers in universities, publishing, museums, law firms and other offices, including teachers, secretaries, administrators, editors, computer operators, librarians, museum curators, typesetters and graphic artists in New York City. They promote benefits such as childcare, flex-time, job classification, domestic partner benefits and family leave. They are affiliated with the UAW and AFL-CIO.

Notable Barnard administration:Martha Peterson (Barnard President 1967-1975), Jacquelyn Anderson Mattfeld (Barnard President 1976-1980), and Judith Shapiro (Barnard President 1994-2008)

Documents briefly mention TWU Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO Local 264 the labor union that represents Barnard Public Safety Officers and staff in the Office of Facilities Services as well as dining services workers who are employed by Chartwells. TWU is one of the four unions representing employees at Barnard.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2016



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

From 1972 to 1974 Barnard’s clerical workers, dormitory attendants, and library workers fought to form a union. Under their union District 65, Barnard workers organized a month-long strike and walkout in January 1974, receiving support from students, staff, and community members. In 1979, District 65 joined the United Automobile Workers Local 2110.

In February, 1996 clerical employees of Barnard, members of the Technical Office and Professional Union (UAW) Local 2110 initiated a strike for higher wages and improved benefits. Students supported the strike through the "Student Support Committee for Local 2110". The strike was settled in September, 1996.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

17.1 Gigabytes (1 digital file)




Collection highlights Barnard campus labor unions and labor campaigns from 1972-2016. The collection consists of contracts and agreements between organizations and their employees, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, fliers, and memoranda from United Auto Workers (UAW) Union Local 2110 (formarly District 65). In 1996 UAW Local 2110 stiked against the college due to increasing healthcare costs. The 1996 strike is a highlight of the collection.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically from 1972 to 2016.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Collection was transferred in 2015.


Accruals expected.

Related Collections

United Automobile Workers of America, Local 2110 Records (WAG.188), Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, NYU:

UAW Local 2110 Barnard, Wayback Machine Internet Archive:

UAW Local 2110 Barnard Contingent Faculty, Wayback Machine Internet Archive: President's Office Collection (BC05-22), Barnard College:

Barnard's Student-Worker Solidarity Collection (BC37-37), Barnard College:

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Vita Kurland in October 2021. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English.

Campus Labor Unions and Labor Union Campaigns
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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