Mar 132020
 
 March 13, 2020

Because the membership meeting originally scheduled for March 12 was cancelled due to COVID-19, working group reports normally provided at membership meetings are instead available here. In addition, the monthly financial report normally provided to members at membership meetings is available upon request. Please email uaw4121@uaw4121.org for more information.Β 

Anti-Discrimination Working Group

The Anti-Discrimination Working Group is currently in the process of analyzing data from the equity survey, in coordination with UW Labor Relations. This analysis will be built off of last year’s report, and like last year, will be posted publicly once completed. For more information or to get involved with the working group, email anti-discrimination@uaw4121.org.Β 

Defense Committee

Here are some labor activism updates!

  • Sign this Petition: Urge Seattle Mayor Durkan to ban evictions for the duration of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis! Many workers throughout the city are not protected by adequate sick leave if they become ill and are losing shifts as businesses close due to social distancing measures. Evictions on top of existing hardships from this crisis would be a total travesty, and workers should be able to practice containment measures without fear of eviction.
  • Tax Amazon! Earlier this month, UAW4121 member Natalia Mesa gave a rousing speech about the importance of continuing this fight for all working people in Seattle. Kshama Sawant has proposed a version of the tax that will be put to a vote in city council. If the city proposal fails, Tax Amazon will begin gathering signatures in April to put the same measure forward as a state-wide ballot initiative. Stay up to date by following @TaxAmazon on social media!

International Solidarity Working Group

International solidarity workgroup has been working on revamping our workgroup webpage – check out the updates with FAQ section and stories from our members added! We’re organizing a trip to Mt. Vernon for Labor Immigration Summit on May 30th hosted by Washington State Labor Committee (WSLC). Additionally, we have a few more projects going on around OPT fees, researching and organizing around congressional bills (e.g. NO-BAN act), and lowering barriers of moving to Seattle. If you’d like to get involved, please email us at intl-workgroup@uaw4121.org.