4/5 Bargaining Summary
At today’s bargaining session, we reached tentative agreement on 22 articles of the contract, including an important new article that will require transparency from all departments and hiring units about their pay rates for hourly ASEs. However, we continue to receive no movement from University Admin on important items, including non-discrimination and equity. For instance, regarding our proposed language that would ensure ASEs are able to continue work free from harassment and with minimal disruption when they raise complaints of harassment, Admin said that they had no interest in anything in that section, and that they couldn’t include “every little thing” in the contract. A full summary of today’s session can be found here.
Our next bargaining session is April 11 from 9am-5pm in Roosevelt Commons West. Come to continue pressing the importance of these issues – make it for all or part to participate and demonstrate your support! And, if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to add your name to the equity petition.
April Membership Meeting
Our monthly membership meeting will be on Thursday 4/12 from 5:30pm-7pm in a room on campus (TBD). The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:
- Approve Agenda
- Bargaining Update
- Postdoc Update
- Proposed Bylaws Amendments (regarding stewards and regarding gender pronouns in bylaws)
- Solidarity Actions
Any member who would like to propose additional agenda items or submit materials for the meeting is welcome to email email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday, April 11. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and new members may sign up to join the union at the meeting. As always children are welcome: please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 noon on Wednesday (4/11) if you need childcare and we will ensure it is provided.
There are a number of important actions coming up in the next week on campus and around Seattle! On Monday from 2:30-4:30 at Drumheller Fountain, University of Washington Laundry Workers and supporters are rallying once again to continue fighting to keep their union jobs as UW Medicine threatens to privatize and close their facility. Check out the event page for more information, and please make it out and share your support!
On Tuesday from 5:30-9 in South Lake Union, there will be a rally to demand that Seattle tax the largest corporations to build affordable housing and address the homelessness crisis. For more information, check out the event page.
Monica Cortes Viharo