Bargaining Update

Click here to  add your name to the initial contract demands!

In today’s meeting with the University we focused on improving health care, creating greater inclusiveness and accessibility on campus, and determining the effects of the University changing its payroll system (including changing from semi-monthly to bi-weekly pay periods). Check out this and other updates on our website, as well as see a full calendar of upcoming meetings and events.

Next Membership Meeting: January 29, 2015 4:30 p.m. MEB 238

Please be sure to attend our membership meeting next week! In addition to updates about our ongoing negotiations with the University, we will hear updates about recent actions to promote racial justice (#blacklivesmatter), workers rights, and other ongoing policy opportunities and challenges around higher education access and quality.

We also will consider an amendment to the local union bylaws proposed at the last membership meeting. After hearing the report of the bylaws committee members will have an opportunity to vote, and may pass the bylaws amendment with a 2/3 majority vote. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and as always children are welcome and new members may sign up to join the union at the meeting.

Legislative Advocacy

In February there will be two important opportunities to talk to state legislators:

On Friday, February 6th The Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Associated Students of the University of Washington will travel to Olympia to meet with legislators and advocate for greater access, affordability and state support for higher education. Please sign up now to attend!.

On Friday, February 20th The Washington State Labor Council will hold its Legislative advocacy conference, enabling union members from across the state to meet with legislators in support of its Shared Prosperity agenda. Please RSVP if you’d like to attend (priority will be given to members in underrepresented legislative districts).

This is a critical time for student workers join our allies in the student and labor movements and make voices heard! Please sign up to attend these events and come to our next membership meeting to hear and share your ideas about how to push for progressive revenue.

Campus Union Solidarity

On Tuesday, January 27th at 11 AM in Red Square the Union for Custodians on Campus (WFSCE 1488) will hold a Rally to stop UW harassing and firing custodians. If you can, please turn out and support our union siblings.

ASE of the Week
To highlight the vital and diverse work that academic student employees perform at the University of Washington, UAW 4121 is introducing an “ASE of the Week” media campaign. Our featured ASE for this week is Natalie Schmidt, a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Natalie works as an adviser in the Robert E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, where she helps underrepresented undergraduate students prepare for graduate school.  To learn more about Natalie, click here.