Add Your Name to the Initial Bargaining Demands!

Last quarter, 2700 members (51.5% of all ASEs) participated in the bargaining survey, sharing a number of important priorities for improving our work and learning at UW — including improvements to wages, fees, health insurance, campus climate, and more. These results serve as the basis for the next stage in the bargaining process — the initial bargaining demands. As with the bargaining survey, engaging as many members as possible will only be possible through thousands of member-to-member connections across UW. There are two key things every member can do to help:

  1. Add your name to the demands! If you haven’t already, take a minute now to sign on.
  2. Connect with other members in your department! It will take a ton of member-to-member contact across campus to reach the kind of high participation we all need to start bargaining off strong. Email to get connected with other organizers and plugged into efforts in your department.

As we approach our first bargaining session in February, it is critical that every single member sign onto the demands to establish a strong mandate going into negotiations. For more info, check out this FAQ or email

Community Meeting on Accessibility at UW

What: Discuss challenges that ASEs who are disabled and/or chronically ill encounter
When: Friday January 22, 3-4:30pm
How to join: RSVP at
UAW 4121 is hosting an accessibility community meeting to discuss challenges that Academic Student Employees with disabilities encounter at UW as student workers. The primary goal for the meeting is to build a shared understanding of common challenges that ASEs encounter, based on the results from the bargaining survey and attendees’ experiences. We will also discuss ways in which our union contract can be enforced or expanded to ensure that ASEs’ access needs are being met. The meeting will center around ASEs with disabilities and ASEs who have unmet access needs and/or can benefit from enforcement around issues of access and accommodations. Please RSVP at and share your thoughts even if you can’t make it to the meeting.

Labor for Kshama Solidarity Rally & Fundraiser


When: Saturday 1/23 at 3PM

How to join: RSVP at , and share the Facebook event.
Description: Join union members from across Seattle this Saturday to support the Kshama Solidarity Campaign. Confirmed speakers include an organizer of the recently formed Alphabet Workers Union, international union activists, and Kshama herself. As the event description says, “Kshama is independent of the Democratic Party and independent of corporate cash. She is accountable to working people. And because she is accountable to us, it’s up to us to defend her against these attacks from big business and the right. Tell the billionaires and their paid-for politicians: Hands off our union sister, hands off Sawant!”


Workshop: White Privilege in the University

When: Thursday, 01/28, at 5 pm
How to join:
 As a part of the UAW 4121 Anti-Discrimination Working Group’s Third Thursday series, this is a workshop designed for union members who would like to learn (more) about white privilege, reflect on how it shows up both individually and in the university context, and brainstorm with other union members on the power of collective action to dismantle the systemic construct of white privilege.

The workshop will take place in two parts. The first half (starting at 5 pm) will be focused on developing a mutual understanding and analysis and the second half (starting at 6 pm) will delve into the application of these concepts to our individual roles within the university structure. While the second half will build on concepts from the first, the two hours will also be designed to stand alone, so feel free to attend either/both hours.

We recognize that UW is predominately white, but this workshop is not specific to white people. For this reason, there will be various options for participation within the session and we encourage anyone who is interested to attend.

Health & safety protections

As the COVID19 pandemic continues and new strains are becoming more common, our work, families, and lives continue to be impacted. In the last year, UAW 4121 members have shown up in force for each other and for our community to take collective action, including by organizing sign-on letters, participating in new working groups, filing grievances, and contributing to solidarity actions and petitions. Both ASE and Postdoc contracts provide that you shall not be required to work in conditions that pose an imminent threat to health and safety (Article 9 of the ASE contract and Article 8 of the Postdoc contract).

If you experience any issues, please contact the Contract Enforcement Working Group right away at Members of Contract Enforcement have training and experience with the details and interpretation of both the ASE and Postdoc contracts, knowledge of past issues and how they’ve been resolved, and strategies for addressing problems both formally and informally. Even if you’re not sure if the issue you’re facing is covered by your contract, or if you think it isn’t, please get in touch with Contract Enforcement!

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
Paige Sechrest
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Judy Twedt
Momona Yamagami