2017/18 Contract Campaign


Strike Authorization Vote FAQ


For more information on our proposals concerning wages and non-discrimination and harassment, please check out the links below. More proposals will be posted soon!


On April 12, University Administration made their first proposal on wages, in which ASEs would receive 0% wage increases for 2018-19, and 1% wage increases for 2019-20 and 2020-21. You can read their full proposal here. On April 16, we countered with a proposal that would take seriously the incredible burden the cost of living has on ASEs. We’ve proposed that for 2018-19, wages would be increased to ensure that the average rent paid by ASEs would not exceed 30% of take home pay. In subsequent years, wage increases would track the cost of living or 4%, whichever is higher. You can read our full proposal here.

Non-Discrimination and Harassment:

Our Local has made a number of proposals to improve equity and inclusion at UW — you can check them out in full with annotations for further explanation. Please also take a minute to sign on to the petition calling for UW Admin to show their commitment to making the University a welcoming and supportive place for all ASEs by accepting our proposals now.

Bargaining Overview:

The 2017-2018 Academic Year is an exciting one as we will be bargaining a new contract with the UW! This new agreement will govern a wide range of our working conditions and our relationship with the University: Our pay and stipends, benefits, rights, anti-discrimination and-harassment provisions, appointment security, funding for science, international and undocumented students’ rights, and more. Throughout all stages of our contract campaign, deep majority participation will be critical to our ability to make wins that impact members across campus.

In Fall Quarter, over 2200 members participated in the bargaining survey to make their priorities known. Our initial bargaining demands have been developed based on the bargaining survey results and thousands of conversations with members over the past year: in orientations, during Travel Ban Bargaining, in membership meetings, in one-to-one conversations, and more.

In January and early February, over 2500 ASEs signed on to the initial bargaining demandsWe delivered these demands to University Admin during our first bargaining session on February 8 and started negotiations off strong!

There are a number of ways you can help strengthen your union and build our collective power for the contract campaign. Please consider participating in one or more ways:

  • Join a workgroup to help shape contract proposals on specific topics: You can sign up to join a work group here.
  • Come to the Organizing Summit! On Thursday March 29 from 5:30-7:30pm, 4121 members interested in developing their organizing and reaching out to others will come together to brainstorm action plans, strategize department-by-department mobilization, and partner up for on-the-ground organizing. You won’t want to miss it!
  • Organize in your department: The most effective way for members to get engaged is through conversations with other folks in their departments. If you would like more information about what you can do to organize in your department, email uaw4121@uaw4121.org.
  • Increase the percentage of ASEs who are members of the union: More members means more power to bargain a better contract, and only members are able to participate in bargaining sessions and vote on final contract language. You can help sign ASEs up as members – email uaw4121@uaw4121.org if you would like copies of membership cards or more information about ASEs in your department who haven’t signed up yet. If you are not yet a member, sign up today!
  • Participate in bargaining: All members are encouraged to come to bargaining sessions! A full calendar is below. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are usually held in Roosevelt Commons West 271 from 9am-5pm, and you’re welcome to come for an hour or two even if you can’t stay for the entire day.

More information

  • Organizine: Check out issues of our contract campaign zine!
  • Bargaining FAQ
  • Bargaining Summaries (linked) and Schedule:
    • February 8, 1:30-4:30pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • February 15, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271, to discuss sexual harassment and union orientations
    • March 1, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • March 9, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • March 15, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 4, 10am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 5, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 11, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 12, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 16, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 17, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 23, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 24, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 25, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 26, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 27, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271
    • April 30, 9am-5pm, Roosevelt Commons West 271

This page will be regularly updated with scheduled bargaining sessions, notes from bargaining, resources, and additional opportunities for getting involved. For more information, you can contact your steward or email uaw4121@uaw4121.org.