As agreed during our contract negotiations in spring quarter, beginning August 16th our Local will be bargaining in coalition with other UW unions for subsidized UPASS for everyone on campus. This coalition bargaining is an important opportunity for furthering the equity standards we’ve helped establish on campus — including improved committee infrastructures and resources, ensuring subsidized transit to mitigate inequities of gentrification in the region, and more. In addition to bargaining over the UPASS, several other campus unions are in the process of bargaining their entire contracts with a focus on these basic precepts, so this is also an important time for us to turn out and return the strong support our fellow unions demonstrated for us during our contract campaign.
There are a number of events in the upcoming weeks you can participate in to help kick coalition bargaining off strong!
HEARING AND PRESS CONFERENCE ON UW MASTER PLAN
Date: Tuesday, July 31st
Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave
Time: 9-11am: Hearing (City Hall Suite 3300). 11am-12 noon: Press conference (City Hall Lobby)
More info: Available here.
COALITION BARGAINING RALLY
Date: Thursday, August 16th (first day of coalition bargaining!)
Location: Lower Rainier Vista
More info: Join workers from the other UW unions to kick off the first day of coalition bargaining by coming out for a lunchtime rally! Let’s send a strong message to the UW Admin that we demand full transit passes for all UW employees and students.
In addition, during the first week of August, make it out to lunchtime unity picnics in solidarity with SEIU 925, SEIU 1199NW, and WFSE 1488, who are all currently in the process of bargaining their full contracts. Just as they showed up for us during our contract campaign, it’s now our turn to come out in support of their fights!
- 8/1, 11am-1pm: Sandpoint, at picnic tables
- 8/2, 11am-1pm: Bothell, at UW Plaza
- 8/2, 11am-1pm: Tacoma, in front of Tioga Library
- 8/8, 11am-1pm: Seattle, HUB lawn
- 8/9, 11am-1pm: Seattle, UW Tower Mezzanine
- 8/10, 11am-1pm: Seattle, Lower Rainier Vista
We will send out more information about Coalition Bargaining as updates are available. You can also check out this page on the website, which will also be updated regularly.
Monica Cortes Viharo