See Your Dues in Action Since UW Academic Workers Formed a Union:
- Base wages have increased by greater than 50% over the past five years for the typical RA/TA;
- Salaries have increased by nearly $7,500 per academic year for the typical RA/TA.
- The International Student Fee was eliminated and building fee fully waived, a savings of up to $770 per year;
- Child care subsidies totaling $3,600 per year are now available;
- $7 million dollars recovered for employees in pay and benefits through grievances;
- Health Insurance benefits have improved and RA/TAs pay no premiums for their own coverage;
- Dependent health insurance benefits have improved, and UW covers 65% of dependent premiums.
Improved Rights At Work:
- Protection from microaggressions;
- Access to all-gender bathrooms;
- Eliminated the International Student Fee.
A Stronger Voice:
- Filed a declaration to the WA state Attorney General’s lawsuits and the Supreme Court against Trump’s Anti-Muslim Travel Ban;
- Helped TAs and RAs at Washington State University and Postdocs at UW to win collective bargaining rights under WA law;
- Fought for the inclusion of Postdocs in the new federal overtime regulations;
- Fought for the extension of OPT;
- Advocated for the WA State Paid Family-Medical Leave Act.
Membership dues make your union strong! Dues cover all of the cost of having a strong union, including:
- organizing resources to grow our strength;
- subject experts to negotiate on equal terms with UW’s consultants to bargain the strongest contract possible;
- legal and grievance representation costs to enforce our rights; and
- staffing, rent, equipment, and supplies to support day-to-day costs.
Dues in UAW Local 4121 are 1.44% of gross pay ($30 per pay period and $720 per year based on $50,000 salary) received from UW for work performed that is covered by the contract.
Learn more about dues and how dues money is allocated: see our most recent IRS 990 and Hudson Report here.