Welcome! Membership Meeting & Trans Resource Fair
Welcome to the hundreds of new ASEs joining the union and welcome back to all the members returning this fall. We hope that your next year is successful and enjoyable and we want to be a part of helping make that happen.
The first membership meeting of the year is on Thursday October 10th — come out to meet fellow members, learn about membership actions and ways to get more involved, and discuss how to continue to organize effectively to make UW a better place to work and the Puget Sound a better place to live. The meeting will be held Thursday October 10, from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Social Work Building Room 026. Directly before and during the membership meeting we will also be hosting a trans resource fair from 4-7 pm in room 305 of the Social Work Building. This will be a great opportunity to meet other UAW members and get more tuned in to resources available to trans folks in the Seattle area. Allies and advocates are welcome to attend.
Elections Upcoming, Consider Running
UAW works because we do. To start the year we will be electing a new Elections Committee as well as filling vacancies for steward, joint council, and international constitutional delegate. The election for the Elections Committee will take place at the 10/10 membership meeting: any member may accept nomination before or during the meeting. At the membership meeting, we will also vote to approve proposed dates for a vacancy election for stewards later in the month.
The election for two vacant delegate positions to UAW International Convention will be held the day after the membership meeting: Friday October 11th (note that this is the corrected date from a previous email). To provide sufficient time to vote, polling will take place on 10/11 on the Seattle campus between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. A run-off election if necessary will take place on October 14th between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. To serve as a delegate, a member must have been in continuous good standing in the UAW for twelve months and shall have been a member of Local 4121 for 3 months immediately preceding the first day of the month in which a convention is held. Delegates also must be able to be physically present at Convention meetings (for reference, the last conventions were in Detroit MI and Kansas City, MO).
To accept nomination for delegate positions, please email your acceptance to the Election Committee (email@example.com) as well as any candidate statement up to 500 words. Nominations and candidate statements must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday October 3rd.
Show Solidarity: UAW GM Members on Strike!
Nearly 50,000 UAW members working for GM and Aramark are currently on strike and need our support! Please sign on to this open letter expressing solidarity with strikers across the nation.
Upcoming Trans Resource Fair
The UW Trans Resource Fair, organized by the UAW4121 Trans Equity Working Group, will be on October 10th from 4-7pm in room 305 of the Social Work building. There will be a dozen community organizations, as well as a very brief presentation from UAW on our recent equity survey results. Students, faculty, and staff of all genders are welcome to attend. tiny.cc/TransUW2019
NLRB Grad Student Rule Proposal
Earlier this week, the NLRB moved to reverse a precedent for student employees at private universities by proposing a new rule that would prevent student employees at private universities from being able to form unions. This takes place in the wake of a massive upturn in union organizing around the country (just since 2016, more than 20,000 RAs and TAs have become eligible to vote in union elections and more than 60% have voted yes). While University administrations have fought – usually unsuccessfully – these efforts on campus, this latest proposal is to work through the Trump-appointed NLRB to prevent organizing through rule-making. Such a power-grab is egregious and desperate and we have the opportunity to push back.
A 60 day window for submitting comments closes on November 22nd, 2019. Local 4121 members are preparing comments and will be discussing ways to fight this rule from being implemented. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
On September 20th, we joined thousands of people on the streets in Seattle, and millions of people around the world for the Global Climate Strike. Our climate justice workgroup continues its work with the Seattle Green New Deal campaign, and statewide coalition work to protect and expand equitable climate policy. To learn more, email email@example.com. Our next workgroup meeting will build skills to give impactful public testimony.
Monica Cortés Viharo