FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2022
Local 2110 Members To Colleagues: Every Worker Can Be A Leader. That’s Why We Support Democracy in Action (DIA) 2110
Friday afternoon, Local 2110 members sent a strong message to their colleagues in a unit-wide email encouraging them to support the Democracy in Action 2110 slate of candidates for the Executive Board of Local 2110. The email is reprinted here with their permission:
Email Subject: Every worker can be a leader. That’s why we’re voting for DIA 2110
To our fellow rank-and-file members,
We write in support of Democracy in Action 2110 for Local 2110 Executive Board.
Why does DIA 2110 have our support? We are educators, cultural workers, writers, and administrative staff who trust DIA 2110 because every member in 2110 has the potential to lead, organize, and build collective power.
Democracy in Action believes that the union is us, working together to fight for our rights. That is why DIA 2110 is running on a platform of:
Winning stronger contracts with bold ideas and worker-led bargaining
Fighting for Racial and Social Justice by bargaining for the common good
Building a Member-Run Union through organizer training and open communication
Continuing to Grow Our Local with a rank-and-file organizing committee
Making Our Local More Democratic by reviving the Joint Council
In their campaign materials, 2110 United suggest that only full-time UAW staff are prepared to take on Executive Board leadership positions. They even misleadingly present GSOC’s 2021 negotiations and strike at NYU—which DIA members helped organize—as evidence that the slate is underprepared. In fact, this was the most successful strike and contract victory in recent Local 2110 history, and was organized and won by workers themselves, despite discouragement from the same Local leadership who now insist that only they know how to run our union.
2110 United’s rhetoric implies that workers like us aren’t “experienced” enough to run our own union. Sadly, this belief that only a professionalized layer of career union officials can be trusted to lead has been widely shared by UAW leaders, with disastrous results: decades of declining membership, concessionary contracts, and corruption at the highest levels. But as the resounding victory of One Member, One Vote in last year’s national UAW referendum made clear, we all should have a voice in our great union. Our union’s power is only the power of every single one of us—the workers.
We are committed to countering opaque, undemocratic leadership in our own Local by placing workers at the heart of all demands and actions. We have learned from shops within Local 2110 that by involving members in every decision, we achieve historic contracts, effective strikes, and an engaged, active union. This is why DIA 2110 will give workers a say in every aspect of our union—so we can build the strength and solidarity to win rights and benefits we deserve.
DIA is the only slate for Executive Board that organized for One Member, One Vote in our shops. DIA is the only slate endorsed by Unite All Workers for Democracy, and the only slate that has put forth a bold new vision to make our union stronger, from the bottom up.
Vote DEMOCRACY IN ACTION 2110 for Executive Board:
Zachary Valdez for President
Leandra Barrett Diaz for Vice President
María Angeles Taveras for Secretary-Treasurer
t. tran le for Recording Secretary
Claudette Chanoine, N/A TK (Nathaniel Otting), Anila Gill* for Trustees (3)
Leigh Taylor for Sergeant-at-Arms
Colin Vanderburg for Guide
*Anila has been an NYU-GSOC member in good standing for two years, and is appealing the Elections Committee’s decision that she is ineligible for election; her name will not appear on the initial ballot.
Aaron Eisenberg, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Joint Council Delegate and Bargaining Committee Member
Abigail Manville, GSOC-NYU, Former Unit Representative and Organizing Committee Co-chair
Anisa Jackson, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member
Annapurna Potluri Schreiber, Columbia Support Staff, Bargaining Committee Member
Arundhati Velamur, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member
Aurélia Rabot-Hernandez, Columbia Support Staff, Shop Steward and Joint Council Delegate
Bhumika Chauhan, GSOC-NYU, Steward, Organizing Committee Co-Chair
Carly Katz, HarperCollins Publishers, Joint Council Delegate, Bargaining Committee Member
Caroline Bowman, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member, Organizing Committee Co-Chair, Steward, Unit Representative, and Joint Council Member
Carrington Morris, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member
Cindy Gao, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member
Claire Valdez, Columbia Support Staff, Unit Chair, Bargaining Committee Member
Daniel Brinkerhoff Young, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member and Organizing Committee Co-Chair
Dave Park, Anthology Film Archives, Bargaining Committee Member
Ellie Siddens, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate
Emma Sheinbaum, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate
Gaya Sriskanthan, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member
Iraj Eshghi, GSOC-NYU, Former Steward and Organizing Committee Co-Chair
Jeff Mercado, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate
Jennifer Pinargote, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate
Jenny Leigh, GSOC-NYU, Organizing Committee Co-Chair
John Jayo, Columbia Support Staff, Bargaining Committee Member and Shop Steward
Kemi Adetayo, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member
Madison Winston, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member
Maria Savel, Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member
Mia Arievitch, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member
Michael McParlane, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate
Tova Benjamin, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member
Will Goodwin, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member
Yuwei Pan, GSOC-NYU, Former Unit Representative and Organizing Committee Co-chair
Ziaul Hoque, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member
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DIA 2110 is a rank-and-file reform slate for leadership of UAW Local 2110 competing in the June 2022 election. Ballots are due by 10 am on June 22, 2022. For more information about the DIA slate, visit our website.
“Lee” Leandra Barrett Diaz (she/her)