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UAW 4121 - UW Works Because We Do

Dear UAW Member,

UPASS Action & Bargaining

Coalition bargaining continues in the fight for a free UPASS for employees!  This Wednesday (9/12) there will be actions at Montlake & Pacific (the UW light rail station) as well as at Harborview.  There will be several shifts and 4121 members are encouraged to join the action from 4-6pm.  Here’s a flyer – please download and post around campus!  If you can’t make it, please call President Cauce at (206) 543-5010 to let her know that UW needs to keep up with industry standards and provide a free UPASS for UW workers!

The next coalition bargaining session is this Thursday (9/13), 9am – 5pm @ location TBD.  All are welcome to attend.

Climate Justice Workgroup

The labor community, along with our allies for racial justice, immigrant rights, public and environmental health in WA have been working on Initiative 1631 for more than two years, and now it’s on the ballot! I-1631 will put a price on carbon and invest in equitable climate solutions all across the state, protecting marginalized communities and growing a clean energy economy.

Come to the climate justice workgroup meeting on Thursday, Sept 13th, 4:30 pm to join our efforts with voter registration and volunteering for 1631. Email climatejustice@uaw4121.org for more information.

Race & Labor Summit

The Washington State Labor Council organized a day of workshops to address key issues surrounding race in organized labor.  All are welcome to attend this free training. To register, click here.  

Political Workgroup

As it get closer to the important midterm elections this November, candidates are seeking the Local’s endorsement.  The political workgroup will meet to take lead on this process. Anyone who is interested, please let us know at uaw4121@uaw4121.org.

Anti-Sexual Harassment Update

During our last contract negotiations, the UW administration and UAW 4121 reached an agreement to jointly create a Prevention of Sexual Harassment Program for UW Academic Student Employees. Two 0.5 FTE Training Specialists, Sam Sumpter and Paige Sechrest, have been hired to work on the development and implementation of the program.

Having these training sessions for employees is a win, as is giving UAW 4121 members control over generating the content. To make sure that the curriculum is relevant to ASEs across campus, Sam and Paige will also coordinate with a Preventing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination working group, where they will ask members for feedback and advice about the program’s accessibility and relevance. The working group will meet every other week, starting on Monday, September 24th at 10 am (location TBD). If you are interested in participating, email Sam and Paige at pshd@uw.edu! To learn more, click here.

In Solidarity,

Theresa Aliwarga
Douglas Avella-Castro
Dianne Baumann
Andrea Canini
Anthony Castanza
Monica Cortes Viharo
Meg Drouhard
Kristen Garofali
Katya Kolesova
Dylan Mayer
Mandy McCourt
Kristin McCowan
Elizabeth Mills
David Parsons
Shua Sanchez
Maddie Smith
Sam Sumpter
Arash Tarkhan
Judy Twedt

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