Left: UAW Local 4121 Members at the Emergency Westlake Rally on January 29th, 2017; Center: Thousands Occupy SeaTac Airport on January 28th; Right: Tens of thousands flood Westlake Park in Seattle to protest Trump
UAW Local 4121 has long been at the forefront of defending and expanding the rights of international students/scholars, and all immigrants and undocumented folks. Following the November 2016 national elections we launched a long-term coalition strategy in recognition of the need to resist the Trump administration’s agenda. This page chronicles actions and events organized by UAW Local 4121 members since 11/2016.
If you have any questions or concerns about your situation, please check the Resources section of this page below, or contact the union’s International Solidarity Work Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News and Updates
7/19: Supreme Court Allows ‘Grandparent’ Exemption to Trump Travel Ban
6/26: Updated Fact Sheet: Muslim Ban Cases at the Supreme Court from Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic & Muslim Advocates
6/26: Supreme Court partially reinstates travel ban
6/16: Advisory regarding DACA program under the Trump administration from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
6/12: 9th Circuit Court refuses to reinstate Trump’s travel ban
5/25: 4th Circuit Court ruling keeps Trump’s travel ban on hold
5/25: Action at the Graduate School – we are monitoring progress and will hold the UW accountable!
Local 4121 members let Dean Eaton know that we will be monitoring UW’s progress as they reach out to international students and hold them accountable!
5/24: UW responses to summer funding demand – they are reaching out to all international students
5/19: Action: members march to the Graduate School and demand to speak with Dean Eaton
5/19: UAW 4121’s second round of travel ban bargaining with UW; demand summer funding now for impacted students and give a a deadline to the UW of 5/24.
5/1: Action: UAW 4121 members confront administration demanding summer funding for students impacted by the travel ban
Mid-April: UW meets one of our demands and eliminates the International Student Fee – a victory we have been working towards for 4 years!
4/6: UAW 4121’s first round of travel ban bargaining with UW – presented demands
3/16: Trump’s second travel ban halted by Federal Judge in Hawaii
3/11: Declaration of UAW Local 4121, filed as part of the Washington State Attorney General’s new lawsuit to block Trump’s Executive Order
3/8: Video of Council Member Kshama Sawant telling the story of UAW 4121 VP Arshiya Chime
2/27: Petition in Support of International Students/Scholars
Local 4121 Bargaining Committee Member Arash Tarkhan tells his story of returning from Iran to UAW stewards
2/18 Photo: Arash Tarkhan reports at UAW Local 4121 stewards training about his experience returning from Iran
2/11: Video of Gov. Inslee commenting on international students detained per the travel ban, including UAW member Arash Tarkhan
2/9: Vancouver Daily Hive article about UAW Board member Arash Tarkhan’s Journey Home with Help from UAW and its legal team Kristen Kussmann and Paul Drachler
2/8: UW event in support of international students, as part of National Day of Action
2/3: Radio interview featuring UAW Local 4121 Vice President Arshiya Chime, discussing Trump Executive Order
2/1: Workshop by International Solidarity Work Group to begin preparing bargaining agenda
2/1: Declaration of UAW Local 4121, submitted as part of Attorney General Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban
2/1: When we fight, we win! Judge Blocks Travel Ban
1/31: UAW 4121 Planning Meeting about travel ban
1/30: UAW 4121 Actions and Updates
1/28: Airport Actions and Lawsuits lead to stay against travel ban!
1/28: Action Alert: Protests at SeaTac Happening Now!
1/27: UAW Local 4121 VP Arshiya Chime Speaks at Press Conference in anticipation of Travel Ban Executive Order
Local 4121 Executive Board Member Viral Shah participates in a Immigration Roundtable with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
1/20: UAW 4121 Board Member Viral Shah participates in Immigration Roundtable with Congresswoman Jayapal
12/15: Letter from Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant in support of Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/15: Coverage by The Stranger of Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/15: Coverage by Seattle Times of Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/15: Coverage by University Herald of Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/15: Coverage by KUOW of Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/15: Press Release: Sanctuary Campus Demand
12/14: Immigration Forum, Hosted by UAW Local 4121
12/12: UW Union Coalition Letter, signed by 8 unions, demanding UW become a “Sanctuary” Campus
2/15/15: UW International Student Fee – Discrimination for funding? (International Examiner)
Know Your Rights
Phone: (206) 633-6080
Cowan Miller & Lederman (Immigration Attorneys)
Phone: (206) 340-1033
UW International Student Services (ISS)
International Scholars Operations (ISO)
Phone: (206) 685-8847
Leadership Without Borders
UW Immigration Law Clinic
Phone: (206) 543-3434
Northwest Immigration Rights Project
Phone: (206) 957-8600
Post-Election Impacts on Immigration: Powerpoint Presentation by Attorney Elizabeth Poh (12/14/16)