ASEs gather for a rally during our 2015/2016 contract campaign

We are more than 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students doing instructional and research work (Teaching/Research Assistants, Trainees, Tutors, Graders, or similar) at the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma).

As Academic Student Employees (ASEs) we’re proud of the service we provide to the community: we maintain instructional quality and access by providing over half the contact hours to undergraduates, and we conduct much of the research that brings more than $1 billion per year in grants and contracts to UW. Through our union we address unique issues that we face as both students and employees and engage in broader transformative work in coalition with other unions and community groups to focus on issues of social justice: race, climate change, income inequality, and more.

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