UAW 4121

Postdocs: Bargaining Update Meeting

Are you interested in learning more about the status of bargaining and getting connected with other Postdocs across campus? Please join a bargaining update meeting on Monday, December 14th at 4:30pm. RSVP here for zoom details.

ASEs: Help Build a Mandate for Bargaining

As we get ready to bargaining a new Academic Student Employee contract this year, it’s critical that every ASE participate in the bargaining survey. To build a clear, representative mandate for members’ collective priorities in our next contract, our ASE Organizing Committee has set a goal of turning out more than 50% of all ASEs to participate in the bargaining survey by the end of next week. We are over halfway to that goal, but will only be able to reach it by connecting with at least 1000 more members in the next week. This is only going to be possible through strong collective member-to-member contacts across UW.

There are two key things every member can do to help this week: 

  1. Take the survey: If you haven’t already, take five minutes now to fill out the bargaining survey! Your participation is critical for ensuring your priorities are reflected in the bargaining agenda when we begin negotiations next quarter.
  2. Connect with other members: 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. Reminders are far more effective when they come from a fellow member that someone knows, which means your participation is vital to this effort. Please sign up for 1-2 hours of bargaining survey phone- and text-banking here. All the materials you need will be provided (call/text list, a script, short training), so don’t worry if this is your first time getting active in your union!

Membership Meeting Next Thursday 12/10

Our next membership meeting will be Thursday 12/10 from 5-6pm, and will be conducted via Zoom. More details about how you can join the Zoom meeting will follow in next week’s email and will be posted here. The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • Postdoc bargaining
  • Academic Student Employee bargaining
  • Code of conduct
  • Upcoming actions – Phonebanking for Georgia Senate runoffs, Kshama Solidarity Campaign
  • Adjourn
Any member who would like to propose additional agenda items or submit materials for the meeting is welcome to email by 5pm on Wednesday, December 9. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and anyone who is not yet a member can sign up here beforehand.

Help with Georgia Senate Runoff Elections 

As our Election Response Workgroup continues developing opportunities for taking political action following last month’s election, one way for every member to help build towards a progressive national political program is by getting involved in the Georgia Senate runoff races. Working people desperately need relief and support as we face yet another spike in COVID cases, but so far proposals to help everyday people are stalled in the Senate. Join UAW members from across our region to turn out voters in Georgia and help flip the Senate! Sign up here for information and opportunities to get involved.

International Solidarity Workgroup

The Graduate School has announced work abroad guidelines for graduate students. If you are an ASE starting or continuing work abroad, please reach out to the International Solidarity Workgroup (ISW) at if you have run into issues receiving an offer of employment that you were expecting for Winter Quarter. Additionally, please reach out to the ISW if you are being asked to work from abroad during hours that are untenable or unhealthy. 

Working from home can present new sets of challenges, particularly with respect to mental health. We would like to highlight a resource that could be useful to our members — UW has recently partnered with My SSP to provide real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, 24/7 and in multiple languages students who are physically out of state and/or for any student who is in crisis.

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