A Brief History of ASE Collective Bargaining at UW:
In 2004 UAW Local 4121 members ratified our first collective bargaining agreement with UW. In the ten years we’ve had collective bargaining, we have won the following:
- Improved Compensation and Benefits that enhance our standard of living: a current graduate RA or TA enjoys on average $3,978 more per year in salary, saves as much as $770 per year through our contractual protection against having to pay newly-created student fees, has access to up to $2600 per year in newly-established childcare subsides, and has better health benefits, vacation and family leave benefits.
- Expanded Rights that help us focus on quality teaching and research: protection against unreasonable teaching loads, job security, health and safety protections, and other important rights.
- A Stronger Voice in policy matters that affect us as public university employees, such as federal funding for research, comprehensive immigration reform, and for higher education funding in our state.
For examples of how ASEs at UW have enforced these improvements and rights through our grievance procedure, visit our contract enforcement successes page.