UAW 4121

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

Membership meeting tomorrow at 5pm

As a reminder, our next membership meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday 1/14 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
  • Ongoing organizing
    • Election response
    • Postdoc bargaining
    • ASE bargaining
  • Upcoming actions & events
  • 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

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.

ISS email on Under-Enrollment 

On Friday, the ISS preemptively sent out emails to some international students saying that their I-20s had been terminated due to under-enrollment. This distressing email was sent intentionally on Jan 8 — even though the actual deadline to enroll is Jan 11 — as a way to provoke a response from students who hadn’t yet completed their registration. This caused significant undue stress for many international students. If you received such a communication from ISS, please reach out to us at so we can identify how many people received this email, and work towards preventing this from happening again.

MLK Jr Day Workshops & Rally

This year’s Seattle MLK Jr Day events will take place from Tuesday 1/12 through Monday 1/18. Join fellow 4121 members for a series of virtual workshops on topics of white supremacy, racism, anti-racism and police brutality, as well as an in-person rally and march: 
For more information and to register for workshops, check out the Seattle MLK Jr Organizing Coalition website.

Kshama Solidarity Campaign

Saturday’s Rally to Reject the Recall livestream was a huge success, with thousands of dollars raised in grassroots donations, hundreds of viewers, and an energizing program of speakers. You can watch the recording of the rally here, and then sign up to volunteer with the Kshama Solidarity Campaign during 2021! Our active participation in the solidarity campaign is crucial to defeat the right-wing, racist, billionaire-backed recall effort—as always, our power lies in our numbers and our ability to organize. In the context of deepening political crises it is especially vital that we keep bold, independent movement builders like Kshama Sawant in office.

Now Hiring! Academic Student Employee EPIC Trainer

Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities is hiring a new graduate student Training Specialist! The Training Specialist is a 50% FTE Staff Assistant position (equivalent to a typical TA/RA position) open to UW graduate students.

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 new Training Specialist will work with a team to develop, implement, and evaluate the Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) program. The training program includes information regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, intersectional power dynamics, bystander intervention strategies, response options, UW policies and procedures, and union rights. UW graduate students can apply at UW Hires (req #185497). Applications are open until 1/17/21.

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