Our History

A Brief History of ASE and Postdoc Collective Bargaining at UW: 

In 2004 UAW Local 4121 members ratified our first collective bargaining agreement with UW. In the more than twenty years we’ve had collective bargaining, we have won the following:

  • Improved Compensation and Benefits that enhance our standard of living: a current graduate RA or TA enjoys on average $3,978 more per year in salary, saves as much as $770 per year through our contractual protection against having to pay newly-created student fees, has access to up to $2600 per year in newly-established childcare subsides, and has better health benefits, vacation and family leave benefits.
  • Expanded Rights that help us focus on quality teaching and research: protection against unreasonable teaching loads, job security, health and safety protections, and other important rights.
  • A Stronger Voice in policy matters that affect us as public university employees, such as federal funding for research, comprehensive immigration reform, and for higher education funding in our state.

Click here to read more about how we have improved the Academic Student Employee experience at UW by pulling together over the last couple of decades.

For more information on past campaigns, check out this page.

Check out a more detailed summary of our organizing in 2021 at the 2021 Year in Review.