Local 4121 Announcements

Academic Student Employees – Initial Bargaining Demands Launch on 11/16 (TODAY)
Academic Student Employees (ASEs) begin bargaining with the University of Washington in early 2024 for our next collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This means that everything in our current ASE contract will be up for re-negotiation, including wages, fee waivers, health insurance, childcare, anti-discrimination, accessibility support, and immigration support.

Please join Thursday (Nov 16, TONIGHT) at 5:30 pm (in-person, S060 Foege) for the launch of our 2024 ASE Initial Bargaining Demands. RSVP today! Members from all units are welcome to join. We will review and sign on to our initial bargaining demands, which are based on results from the bargaining survey, discussions among ASE union members, results from the 2021-2023 equity surveys, and grievances that we have filed over the past three years. With this launch, we’ll be sending a powerful message to the UW administration – that we are united and our voices must be accounted for.

Are you an ASE and you haven’t filled out the bargaining survey yet? Take 5 minutes NOW to share priorities for our next contract!

November Monthly Membership Meeting
During the November Monthly Membership Meeting, UAW 4121 members discussed strategies for a cross-unit membership drive in unit-based breakouts. The Elections Committee, Communications Workgroup, and Solidarity & Mobilization Workgroup all provided updates as well.

Our monthly membership meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5pm. Our next meeting is December 14th at 5pm on Zoom. 

Research Scientists/Engineers – Open Enrollment – ATTENTION Current Kaiser Subscribers
UW Open Enrollment is from November 1 – 30th. This is the once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your health plan or enroll in a Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) or the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). See the ISC page on Open Enrollment for more information on the options and process. Current Kaiser subscribers should pay close attention to the significant increases in monthly premiums for next year. 

Beyond UW

All members in good standing can submit events/actions by emailing comms@uaw4121.org. Suggested content should be consistent with Local 4121’s core principles.

  • Fremont’s Lazy Cow Bakery, home to mutual aid group Casa Del Xolo, is asking Blueprint Capital (who recently bought Lazy Cow’s property) to reimburse them for the money invested into the property and compensate them for their upcoming move. To learn more about how to save Lazy Cow & Casa Del Xolo from demolition, visit #SaveTheCow

And in higher ed sector, there are some big updates from this week: