UAW 4121

Support Afghan Students, Faculty & Staff at UW

Please sign onto this petition calling for University of Washington administration to provide concrete support to Afghan students, faculty, and staff! 

In the wake of the devastating news coming from Afghanistan, it is crucial that the UW not only show support for Afghans through words of solidarity, but also through concrete acts of care, such as providing easily accessible and free mental health support. We are calling on the UW administration to provide tangible support to the UW Afghan community as this fluid situation unravels. In addition to signing onto the petition, there are a number of ways you can take action to support the Afghan community at UW and in Washington state:

  • Read, listen to, and amplify Afghan voices
  • Call your representatives using the script from Afghans For a Better Tomorrow
  • Volunteer for Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services to assist with the resettlement of Afghan newcomers expected to arrive to the Seattle/Tacoma region
  • Join the UAW 4121 International Solidarity Working Group to participate in ongoing work on this and other issues of international solidarity. Email to get involved.
  • And more!

Return to Campus Updates & Action

Earlier this week, members met to discuss how we can ensure our rights to a healthy and safe workplace are enforced as University administration begins issuing guidance and policies for the planned return to campus in Fall Quarter. To continue these conversations and planning, please join the next meeting, Monday 8/23 from 4-5pm — RSVP here to receive zoom information. At next week’s meeting, we’ll continue discussing members’ concerns and issues, and will also continue developing our organizing and action plans.

For more information about updated policies, resources, and your contractual rights — including health and safety, workload, appointment security, and more — check out the COVID Resource Center.

We’re staying in communication with other campus unions and groups — including frontline healthcare and custodial workers, faculty groups, student groups, and more — about how we can all support each other as this situation develops. Even if you can’t make Monday’s meeting, fill out your information here to stay connected!

Now Hiring! Postdoc EPIC Trainer 

Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) is hiring 2 new Postdoc training specialists! The EPIC program is an innovative peer-to-peer harassment prevention training program jointly run between our union and the university, and was a major win from the most recent ASE and Postdoc contracts.

The Postdoctoral Scholar Training Specialist positions will have the opportunity to work with a team to develop, implement, and evaluate the EPIC program. The Training Specialist is a 20% FTE position. This position focuses on working with the UW Postdoctoral Scholar community and will build on the EPIC program that was originally developed in 2018-2019. The Training Specialist will facilitate trainings and support the wellbeing and safety of the University of Washington community. The training program includes information regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, intersectional power dynamics, bystander intervention strategies, response options, UW policies and procedures, and union rights. You can apply on UW Hires (UW Requisition #189319).

Need Some Union Merch?

There is a variety of UAW 4121 merch available for free to members! To grab stickers, a t-shirt, or a beanie, please fill out this form:

In Solidarity,
Douglas Avella-Castro
Amanda Clouser
Max Friedfeld
Kaelie Giffel
Vern Harner
Colleen Hoffman
Levin Kim
Brianne King
Kyle Kubler
Avi Matarasso
Erin Morgan
Emily Myers
Amal Nanavati
Anzela Niraula
Jacob O’Connor
Elena Pandres
Nayon Park
Marissa Parker
David Parsons
Shua Sanchez
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Judy Twedt
Momona Yamagami
Christian Zimmermann