February Membership Meeting Thursday

Our next membership meeting will be Thursday 2/9 from 5-6pm, and will be conducted via Zoom. To access the Zoom link, fill out this RSVP form. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and new members may sign up for UAW 4121 by filling out this membership form. The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • Working Group updates
  • Region 6 Meeting Report-back
  • Research Scientists + Postdocs Strike Authorization Vote Organizing
  • Budget Workgroup
  • 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.


Black History Month

To kick things off for Black History Month this year, check out this list of resources and current initiatives that the UW Black Student Union (BSU) compiled on this linktr.ee. BSU has a “Black Is” series every Wednesday of this month at 6pm at the Ethnic Cultural Center. If you are a Black graduate student at UW, you are also encouraged to reach out to bgsa@uw.edu to get connected with the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA). BGSA has a speaker series every Friday of this month from 12-1pm with lunch provided; you can register here.


Solidarity with Turkish and Syrian students and communities

We are devastated by the news of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Monday morning in south central Turkey that has killed more than 4,000 people in Turkey and Syria, which is expected to rise in the coming days. The UAW 4121 International Solidarity Working Group stands with all affected by this tragic event. If you and/or other ASEs, Postdocs, or Research Scientists you know are in need of support around this issue, including information and support around navigating leaves and time off guaranteed in our contract, resources around asking for support, community support with other international students and scholars, and more, please reach out to international-solidarity@uaw4121.org. Additionally, here are some resources provided by the University:
  • The Counseling Center (206-543-1240) provides personal counseling, assessment, referral and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled students.
  • LiveWell(206-543-2684) provides support and case consultation for students experiencing personal hardship, including academic hardship as the result of extenuating life circumstances.
  • Student Financial Aid: If these events have put an unexpected burden on you financially, please visit with staff in the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore emergency aid options.
  • CIRCLE (the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange) (206-685-4004) streamlines critical support for UW international students, including Student Success and Wellbeing coaching.
We would also like to provide a few organizations that are coordinating aid to victims in Turkey and Syria:
  • AKUT: an “entirely a voluntary, non-governmental organization involved in searching, assisting and rescuing all who require aid within its authority and means”
  • Doctors Without Borders: “have received many injured and dead people in the hospitals we support in northwest Syria”
  • Ahbap: “Ahbap is the leading non-governmental volunteer organization consisted of philanthropists, aiming to provide any form of help to people in need”

To get involved in ongoing community building and organizing around issues impacting our international students and scholars, please get in touch with our International Solidarity Working Group at international-solidarity@uaw4121.org. Weekly meetings this quarter are on Mondays from 3pm – 4pm over Zoom.


Postdocs & RSEs Bargaining Update: Strike Authorization Vote 

Last week, hundreds of Research Scientists and Engineers (RSEs) A-4 and Postdocs gathered in rooms, labs, and lecture halls across and off campus and made the decision to hold Strike Authorization Votes (SAV) from February 6th-16th in each unit.

Here are some Strike Authorization Vote basics:

  • An SAV will authorize the Postdoc and Research Scientist bargaining committees to call a strike if circumstances warrant. An SAV does not necessarily mean there will be a strike.
  • A 2/3 majority of those voting is required for the bargaining committee to be able to call a strike.
  • It is a standard process within the union to ensure that this step is taken with full participation and approval from the bargaining unit before we consider calling a strike. All steps in this process depend on the full participation of Postdocs and RSEs.
  • For additional details and questions about the SAV, please see this Postdoc FAQ and theRSE FAQ.
Members in all units—ASEs, Postdocs, and RSEs—are encouraged to attend the Cross-Unit Organizing Coordination meeting next Tuesday (2/14) at 5pm over Zoom to get updates and get involved in organizing. RSVP here!

February ASE Countdown to Bargaining Session

RSVP here to join fellow ASEs from across departments at the February ASE Organizing Strategy Meeting on Thursday, 2/16 at 5:30pm (masks required for in person attendance at Bloedel 070). Building on the January ASE Organizing Strategy Meeting, we will be talking more about concrete timelines for organizing and reviewing our plans for upcoming structure tests and how they relate to building power for bargaining. Bring your ideas, questions, and energy & spread the word in your departments!

RSVP here, and keep an eye out for additional organizing trainings and strategy meetings in the coming year. Email ase-organizing@uaw4121.org with any questions and to get involved.


Vote Yes on I-35 by 2/14

City of Seattle residents will vote on a ballot initiative to create a publicly-owned housing developer that will build, develop, and rent self-sustaining, permanently affordable social housing in Seattle. Our union has endorsed this initiative as we believe it will help alleviate housing insecurity and rent burden among our members and in the greater community.

This is a special election, so your ballots must be delivered or mailed by Tuesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day). If you’re new to Seattle and would like to register to vote for this historic initiative, there’s still time to do so onlineor in person. And if you’d like to help get out the vote, see this event calendar.


UAW Runoff Elections

As a reminder, runoff elections have begun for the offices of UAW International President and Vice President. The deadline for ballot returns will be February 28, 2023. If you have not received your ballot, you should request a replacement right away at uawvote.com or by calling 855-433-8683. Requests for replacement ballots must be received no later than February 15.****

Find more information about the election process, eligibility to vote, and more on the IEB Elections page on our website and on the Federal Monitor’s Elections page. As with the first round of voting, our Organizing Committees will be conducting a number of Get Out the Vote efforts to reach out to fellow UAW 4121 members and encourage everyone to participate in the runoff election. To get involved with this work, email ase-organizing@uaw4121.org.

In Solidarity,
Justin Applegate
Lucia Baker
Ana Bennett
Rebecca Bluett
Nick Bolten
Francesca Colonnese
Pat Erickson
Max Friedfeld
Colleen Hoffman
Soohyung Hur
Levin Kim
Brianne King
Avi Matarasso
Nicel Mohamed-Hinds
Anzela Niraula
Marissa Parker
Mara Rafferty
Tahiyat Rahman
Anastasia Schaadhardt
Audrey Seo
Jer Steeger
Samantha Thompson
Natalie Wellen
Tricia Wu
Yuying Xie