UAW Local 4121 has long been at the forefront of defending the rights of 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.
News and Updates
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!
5/24: UW responds to summer funding demand – they are reaching out to all international students
5/19: ACTION: 4121 members march to the Graduate School and demand to speak with Dean Eaton!
5/19: UAW Local 4121’s second round of travel ban bargaining with UW; demand summer funding now and give UW a deadline of 5/24.
5/1: ACTION: UAW Local 4121 members confront UW administration demanding summer funding now 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 Local 4121’s first round of travel ban bargaining with UW – presented demands
3/16: Trump’s second travel ban halted by Federal Judge in Hawai’i.
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: Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant tells the story of UAW 4121 VP Arshiya Chime.
2/27: Petition in Support of International Students and Scholars.
2/18: Photo: Arash Tarkhan reports at UAW Local 4121 stewards training about his experience returning from Iran.
2/11: Video: Gov. Inslee comments on international students detained per the travel ban, including UAW member Arash Tarkhan.
2/9: Vancouver Daily Hive article details UAW Board member Arash Tarkhan’s journey home with help from UAW and its legal team Kristen Kussmann and Paul Drachler.
2/8: UW campus members rally in support of international students, as part of National Day of Action.
2/3: Radio: UAW Local 4121 Vice President Arshiya Chime discusses Trump Executive Order.
2/1: International Solidarity Work Group hosts a workshop to begin preparing bargaining agenda.
2/1: UAW Local 4121 submits a declaration as part of Attorney General Lawsuit Challenging Travel Ban.
2/1: When we fight, we win! Federal Judge blocks travel ban!
1/31: UAW 4121 holds 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: Video: UAW Local 4121 VP Arshiya Chime Speaks at Press Conference in anticipation of Travel Ban Executive Order
1/20: Photo: UAW 4121 Board Member Viral Shah participates in Immigration Roundtable with Congresswoman Jayapal.
12/15: Letter from Seattle City Councilmember 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
12/14: UAW Local 4121 hosts Immigration Forum
12/12: UW Union Coalition Letter, signed by 8 unions, demands UW become a “Sanctuary” Campus.
- Know Your Rights:
- List of Support Organizations – 12/14 UAW Immigrant Rights Forum
- Powerpoint Presentation by Attorney Elizabeth Poh at 12/14 Immigration Forum: Post-Election Impacts on Immigration