Apr 042015
 
 April 4, 2015

Today, upon hearing of this week’s news that UW is not only refusing to increase wages for the lowest paid student workers on campus but also proposing to increase out-of-pocket fee costs for Academic Student Employees with waivers, UAW members have sent a clear message: we’re ready to escalate until UW commits to fair wages and a fair contract.

So…
Next week, members are preparing to create micro-disruptions on campus to increase pressure around our demand to prevent micro-agressions.  RSVP on Facebook or let us know if you’d like to help.
The week of April 13th members are preparing disruptions of a more macro kind.
    • Beginning that week (date tbd), the bargaining team has decided to ask members to vote to authorize a strike if circumstances warrant.  A 2/3 majority of voters is necessary to authorize the bargaining committee to call for a strike. RSVP on Facebook or let us know if you’d like to help.
    • On Wednesday, April 15th, we’ll participate in a national day of action to support raising the minimum wage and respect the right of low-wage, contingent workers to organize unions.
    • On Thursday, April 16th at 4:30 p.m. we’ll have our monthly membership meeting, to evaluate our status and plan next steps
    • On Friday, April 17th (tuition/fee deadline), we’ll pack Schmitz Hall to make our point that, for student workers, increased fees and low wages is utterly unacceptable.  RSVP on Facebook or let us know if you’d like to help.
Please stay tuned for information about this and other actions.  As always let us know if you want to get more involved or if we can answer any questions.
In solidarity,
UAW Local 4121 Bargaining Committee