UAW 4121

Afghanistan Solidarity

As the situation in Afghanistan continues developing, urgent action is needed in solidarity with Afghan communities abroad and locally. There are a number of things each member can do this week to help: 

  • PetitionIf you haven’t already, please sign onto this petition calling for University of Washington administration to provide concrete support to Afghan students, faculty, and staff!
  • RallyJoin fellow 4121 members for a protest organized by Afghans of Seattle this Saturday 8/28 at 2pm at Westlake Park. This rally is a part of a worldwide day of action, and you can also volunteer to help in Seattle.
  • Volunteer: Fill out this form if you’d like to be involved in supporting the Washington Afghan-American community as well as incoming refugees. Additionally, Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services is in need of volunteers to assist with the resettlement of Afghan newcomers expected to arrive to the Seattle/Tacoma region.
  • Call: Take a few minutes to call your elected representatives using the script from Afghans For a Better Tomorrow.

To get more involved with ongoing work on this and other issues of international solidarity, email the UAW 4121 International Solidarity Working Group at

Return to Campus Updates

Members are continuing to meet on an ongoing basis to discuss the University administration’s return to campus guidance and policies for Fall Quarter and make plans to ensure our rights to a healthy and safe workplace are upheld. In addition, members are preparing to meet with management next week to discuss the impacts and issues facing our ASEs and Postdocs. If you are interested in joining these meetings (Mondays at 4-5pm) or staying connected to this work, please fill out your information here.

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).

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