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 March 3, 2016

Date: Thursday (3/10)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Condon Hall 109

1)Fight for lower fees

Our recent contract campaigns have increased wages and brought down the cost of unwaived fees for student workers. Base rate TAs and RAs got 10% wage increases last July and will get 8% wage increases again this July. We got the minimum wage in Seattle/Bothell to $13 this year and $15 next year. Mandatory out of pocket fees were scheduled to increase by at least 7% by 2018 but will now decrease by 20%.

But as rent, transportation, and other costs of living in Puget Sound continue to put pressure on our take home pay, UAW members continue to ask: why do we still pay so much in fees?

At next Thursday’s membership meeting we will focus on this question. This discussion will be participatory and action-oriented, necessitating large membership participation. Please be sure to attend! We will be joined by Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, who will discuss opportunities for our Union to get involved in local efforts to fight for social, economic, and environmental justice for Student Workers, the UW community, and all workers in King County.

2)Fight for Non-Discrimination: Bathroom Equity

Also at this meeting we will be hearing important updates and taking action to support efforts by our trans*equity working group to fight discriminatory legislation. Recently the University denied a grievance in which we asserted that the University was violating its commitment to provide reasonable access to all-gender facilities by not converting any bathrooms to all-gender in Condon Hall. In addition, the working group led a delegation to deliver a letter to UW President Cauce’s office, demanding compliance with Seattle’s City Ordinance requiring all public single stall restrooms to be converted to all-gender.

Come hear this important update and help make some noise about this issue by taking action at the end of the meeting to enforce our rights in concert with key allies on campus and in the King County progressive community

3)Other Business

The Elections Committee will report on its work to prepare for the May triennial elections.

All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and as always children are welcome and new members may sign up to join the union at the meeting. Membership meetings are a great way to meet other union members and find out how to get more involved.

If you can’t make the meeting but have input or questions about these items or anything else, send an email to uaw4121@uaw4121.org.


If you have graduated or separated from the University and are no longer eligible for membership, please send an email to
uaw4121@uaw4121.org