Apr 082020
 
 April 8, 2020

 

UAW 4121 - UW Works Because We Do

Membership Meeting Tomorrow

As a reminder, our next membership meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday 4/9 from 5:30-6:30pm, and will be conducted via Zoom. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and anyone who is not yet a member can sign up here beforehand. The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • COVID-19 Updates, Actions, and Open Discussion:
    • Overall Update on Impacts
    • Appointment Length & Degree Milestones
    • Lab Work
    • Instruction
    • International Students & Scholars
    • Student Fees
    • UW Unions Coalition
    • Political Work
    • Breakout Discussions
  • Adjourn

There are two ways you can join the Zoom meeting: either by using the app/web browser for voice and video, or by calling in for voice only. To access the link and/or call-in number, please fill out this short form.

We are committed to ensuring the meeting is structured to provide equitable and democratic access to every member who wants to participate. To maintain this commitment, we have consulted with other organizing groups who have run large participatory meetings using Zoom, and will be adopting their best practices. In addition, given the recent uptick of harassment in Zoom meetings, including at UW, we will also be taking precautions to prevent these kinds of abuses, and have developed strategies for quickly managing any issues if they were to arise during the meeting.

For more information about how the meeting will be structured and how you can use Zoom’s features to participate, check out this post on our website. If you have any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out at uaw4121@uaw4121.org.

4/8/20 COVID-19 Updates & Actions

Below you’ll find the most recent updates on COVID-19 and opportunities for taking action. As we continue bargaining as a UW Union Coalition over the impacts of COVID-19 to expand and protect the rights of all UW workers, we will continue to provide updates via email and on the website. For more information about your rights, victories so far, and how you can get involved in ongoing campaigns at UW and in the broader community, check out the Resource Center and FAQ:

UAW 4121 COVID-19 FAQ

UAW 4121 COVID-19 Resource Center

PETITION: Sign on to the Tax Amazon ballot initiative

The COVID crisis has made clear just how precarious housing is for most people in the city. It’s essential that we come together to hold businesses accountable to making Seattle a place where working people can afford to live. This weekend the Tax Amazon campaign filed the grassroots-developed ballot initiative to tax big businesses in Seattle in order to construct affordable housing. You can read more about the initiative here. Please take the time to sign on to the petition to place the initiative on the ballot, and if you’re looking for a way to help while at home, sign up for a signature collection phonebank.

Extension of Stay Home order

This week Gov. Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 4th in order to slow the spread of the virus and prevent the state healthcare system from being overwhelmed. In addition, today UW announced that for Summer Quarter, both A term and the full term will be conducted remotely.

As a reminder, both ASEs and Postdocs have access to leaves for health issues, including mental health. Additionally there are a number of mutual aid network opportunities in the Puget Sound area, as community resources for providing or receiving support around a wide range of needs, including food access and delivery, prescription pickup, financial support, and more. You can find links to these resources on our COVID information and resources page. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your work at UW is considered “essential” please email contracenforcement@uaw4121.org.

In solidarity,

UAW 4121 Joint Council
Tina Angerer
Douglas Avella-Castro
Leandro Casiraghi
Monica Cortés Viharo
Meg Drouhard
Max Friedfeld
Vern Harner
Dan Hart
Sam Kastner
Kyle Kubler
Kristin McCowan
Emily Myers
Anzela Niraula
Jacob O’Connor
Nayon Park
Marissa Parker
David Parsons
Cristian Proistosescu
Shua Sanchez
Paige Sechrest
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Judy Twedt
Jon Witt

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