About Us

The Coalition for Fair Labor is a faculty-student alliance that advocates high labor standards for employees on NYU projects and promotes solidarity with workers. 

Launched in the wake of NYU’s announcement of its Abu Dhabi portal campus, the Coalition has played an instrumental role in pushing for labor standards in the construction of NYUAD. Many of our recommendations were adopted into NYUAD’s Statement of Labor Values. Others, especially concerning the appointment of an independent labor compliance monitor, were not adopted. Subsequent independent investigations — by Human Rights Watch, The Guardian, and Gulf Labor — have uncovered violations that the official monitor has not found.

As NYUAD’s construction phase nears completion, the Coalition is calling for NYU to take proactive steps to initiate research on reforming the kafala (sponsorship) system that will continue to entrap migrant workers who are building Saadiyat Island and other UAE projects. NYUAD cannot exist as an “island” within Saadiyat Island while construction continues all around it for the next twenty years. Sign our petitions at http://chn.ge/1xa86tV  and http://chn.ge/1nzQrFE.

Membership:

Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, College of Arts and Science
Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies
Kristina Bogos, College of Arts and Science 2015
Rebecca Karl, Professor of History and East Asian Studies, College of Arts and Science
Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
Christine Harrington, Professor of Politics, College of Arts and Science
Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Valerie Forman, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, College of Arts and Science
John Archer, Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
Mary Nolan, Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
Astha Sharma Pokharel, NYU Law 2017
Marie Monaco, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, NYU School of Medicine
Natasha Iskander, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History, College of Arts and Science
Toral Gajarwala, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Science
Anna McCarthy, Professor of Cinema Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies
Edward Radzivilovskiy, College of Arts and Science 2015
Bailey Theado, Gallatin School of Individualized Study 2015
Manu Goswami, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts and Science
Faye Ginsburg, David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Science

 

 

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