Mar 242022
 March 24, 2022

UW Postdocs are covered by the following: 

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  • Before having a union there was no minimum salary for postdocs – some people were making below $37,000 a year.
  • In our most recent contract, we won a minimum salary scale that raised wages by 8-12% based on the 2021 NIH wage scale in blue. 
  • This is the union difference, as only campuses with Postdoc unions have been able to win guaranteed minimum wages. 
Years of Postdoc Experience Compensation before 2018 Compensation 2019-2021 Compensation 2021-Now
0 No Min $50,004 $53,760
1 $51,004 $54,144
2 $52,024 $54,540
3 $53,065 $56,712
4 $54,126 $58,608
5* $55,208 $60,780
Free Public Transportation
  • Your employer ID card is also your UPASS, which means free rides on all the buses and the lightrail in Seattle. 
  • This is a savings of $600 per year!
Healthcare for all UW Postdocs
  • UW pays 85% of health insurance premiums
  • Supplementary stipend for postdocs funded by external grants without health insurance
  • Our union has fought for years to improve healthcare. 
  • We bargain with the state of Washington to lower our monthly premiums, with UW paying 85%
Safe Working Conditions & Materials
  • Right to a healthy & safe working environment – you cannot be forced to work in unsafe conditions. 
  • COVID-19 Safety and Protections: if you’re working in person during the pandemic, safety protocols and protective gear must be provided. 
  • No out-of-pocket costs for materials or equipment
Appointment Security & Paid Time Off
  • Appointment Security: Minimum one year appointment and protections against unjust termination
  • Paid Time Off:
    • 12 sick days
    • 21 vacation days
    • 11 University holidays
    • Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML): 12-16 weeks of paid leave for a number of qualifying life events like parental leave, personal medical recovery, or caregiving if a family member is sick
Equity in the workplace
  • Survivor-centered protections against harassment and discrimination: You have access to a grievance procedure to address any instances of harassment or discrimination with survivor-centered protections
  • Union peer-led, evidence-based trainings through the Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Communities (EPIC) training program. 
  • Rights to career development like secondary mentors and applying for grants as a PI
  • Collective caregiver fund. Last year, postdocs who enrolled got an average of $1000.
    • 2020: $30,000
    • 2021: $45,000
    • 2022: $50,000

Postdocs have all of these rights because a majority of our co-workers have signed up as members of our union and fought to win them during negotiations with UW administration.

You can access the full 2021-2023 collective bargaining agreement at 

If you experience problems in any of these areas, please get in contact immediately, even if you’ve already contacted another campus resource or aren’t sure what you’d like to do. A union representative can help you figure out your options, and will advocate for you. 

Questions? Problems?