May 122021
 
 May 12, 2021
UAW 4121

ASE Bargaining: Straw Poll, Board of Regents Meeting

Our contract with UW expired two weeks ago, and members are continuing to mobilize to negotiate our next contract. You can read summaries of the last proposals here. In the next few days, there are a few important actions every member can take:
  • Straw Poll: To help guide decisions on next steps, all members are encouraged to participate in these discussions and then vote in this straw poll, which will close Thursday May 13 at 11:59pm! (Note that this is not a formal ratification vote, but an informal poll to help guide next steps.)
  • Board of Regents Meeting: Join fellow members in collective action at the Board of Regents meeting on May 13 at 12:30pm to demand we continue to receive a student fee waiver, lump sum payout, or equivalent.  This is an important opportunity to again demonstrate our collective power to admin, and is also a great chance for anyone who wants to share their perspective on the current offer. RSVP now to the May 13th Board of Regents Meeting to receive more details. Remember to save the Zoom info for tomorrow’s 12:30pm meeting(https://washington.zoom.us/j/96774622532) — union organizers will be giving public comments!

Membership Meeting Thurs 5/13 at 5pm

As a reminder, our next membership meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday 5/13 from 5-6pm via Zoom. To access the link and/or call-in number, please fill out this short form. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and anyone who is not yet a member can sign up here beforehand. Everyone is encouraged to login five minutes earlier to help expedite the check-in process. The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • Elections committee updates 
  • International Solidarity Workgroup
  • Postdoc organizing 
  • ASE bargaining 
  • Upcoming Events and Actions 
  • Adjourn
For more information about how the meeting will be structured and how you can use Zoom’s features to participate, check out this page on our website. If you have any specific concerns or accessibility needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out at uaw4121@uaw4121.org.

Fight for Rent Control and Housing Justice in Seattle and Beyond

Last week Councilmember Kshama Sawant joined community activists, organizers, faith leaders, and renters to launch an exciting program of tenant protections including 6 month notice for rent increases, assistance for tenants facing economic eviction, and commercial and residential rent control. Seattle renters, including many of the members of our union, face serious hardships when it comes to housing. These problems are not unique to Seattle, which is why we are organizing a housing justice campaign alongside other academic unions along the west coast. We encourage members to get involved in the renters’ rights movement by:

Hear from Seattle Mayor Candidates on issues important to workers!

Join our labor siblings on Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. for a forum with Seattle’s Mayoral candidates on how they would address the biggest issues facing working people in our city. This forum is open to all and will be live-streamed on Facebook! More information here: https://fb.me/e/27vzsnRqc. Mayoral candidates will answer questions around union jobs, housing, policing, racial justice, and economic recovery.

Postdoc Childcare Fund Enrollment is now open 

Postdoc caregivers: enrollment is now open for the Postdoc Childcare fundEnroll today.

The Postdoc Childcare Fund is now accepting responses for the first half of 2021. Our collective bargaining agreement provides for a caregiving fund of $45,000 in 2021 that is distributed semiannually. Funds will be distributed in June for Postdoc caregivers who worked at UW anytime from January to June 2021. If you are a Postdoc parent or caregiver, enroll today. Please reach out to the Family Friendly Workgroup with any questions or to get more involved.

In Solidarity,

Douglas Avella-Castro
Leandro Casiraghi
Amanda Clouser
Max Friedfeld
Kaelie Giffel
Vern Harner
Dan Hart
Colleen Hoffman
Amzi Jeffs
Levin Kim
Kyle Kubler
Kristin McCowan
Erin Morgan
Emily Myers
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