UAW 4121

Head Steward Election Results

Elections for the 3 vacant ASE Head Steward Positions have closed as of 5:00 PM Pacific Time today. The results of the election have been tallied and are shown below. Per the criteria explained in the June 7th announcementthe following 3 people are now considered to be elected head stewards: Amal Nanavati (Computer Science and Engineering), Avi Matarasso (Bioengineering), and Brianne King (Chemistry).
  • Amal Nanavati: 126
  • Avi Matarasso: 117
  • Brianne King: 116
  • Tejas Devanur: 77
  • Dennis Young: 13
  • Abstensions: 58
The Elections Committee is pleased to welcome them as the newest ASE Head Stewards. Congratulations! Check out the listing of all elected union officers on our website here. If you have any questions, please see the previous announcement about this election, and feel free to email at

Membership Meeting Thurs at 5pm 

As a reminder, our next membership meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday 6/10 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
  • Postdoc organizing
  • ASE bargaining debrief and next steps
  • Working Group Announcements
    • Elections Committee
  • Upcoming Events and Actions
    • Organizer Training Series
  • 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

End of Year Social

Please SAVE THE DATE for our end-of-the-year and anniversary social on June 27th at 1pm! Click here for more details and to RSVP:

Congratulations, Graduates!

Graduation might look a bit different right now, but the achievement is the same. A huge congratulations to all UAW 4121 members who are graduating!

Climate Justice Beers and Brainstorm

The Climate Justice Workgroup is planning a get together/brainstorming session on Thursday, June 24th at 5:00pm at the Burke Gilman Brewery. Any member who is interested in getting involved in the workgroup is welcome to attend! We will be hanging out outside and developing our 2021 priorities and plans. Email for more info.

Postdoc Task Force on Applying for PI Status

As a postdoc, having the opportunity to apply for grants and run projects as a principal investigator is an important opportunity for professional development. Article 12.6 of our contract gave us access to apply and act as PIs and co-PIs. We are currently starting a task force to understand the approval process across different Departments and Colleges for gaining PI status on grants in hope of making this process more transparent and equitable for all postdocs on campus. We are hoping that postdocs from a broad range of departments, covering all UW Colleges, will join. Are you interested? Please reach out to to join the google group. We will reach out soon to schedule our first meeting.

Now Hiring! Postdoc EPIC Trainer 

Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) is hiring 2 new Postdoc training specialists! 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 Postdoctoral Scholar Training Specialist positions will have the opportunity to work with a team to develop, implement, and evaluate the EPIC program. The Training Specialist is a 20% FTE position. This position focuses on working with the UW Postdoctoral Scholar community and will build on the EPIC program that was originally developed in 2018-2019. The Training Specialist will facilitate trainings and support the wellbeing and safety of the University of Washington community. The training program includes information regarding sexual harassment, discrimination, intersectional power dynamics, bystander intervention strategies, response options, UW policies and procedures, and union rights. You can apply on UW Hires (UW Requisition #189319).
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
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Judy Twedt
Momona Yamagami