Reminder: our ratification vote closes today at 5pm; today is the final chance to have a say in whether we ratify this tentative agreement as the Postdoc contract for 2023-2025. Please take 30 seconds and go vote right now; If you have already voted, take a few minutes and check with your Postdoc colleagues to make sure they’ve also voted.
Highlights of this tentative agreement (TA) include:
- Secured minimum pay that keeps up with living wage standards in the Washington State Minimum Wage Act.
- Minimum will have increased 28% by January 1, 2024, and will be re-negotiated before the next increase January 1, 2025
- Increased childcare fund (to $75,000)
- Improved fee waivers and visa programs for international scholars
- Better reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities
- Continuation of EPIC and provision of access to better tools for identifying and driving systemic change to end discrimination and harassment
- Improved biking & transportation options
- Contract becomes effective upon ratification and expires January 31, 2025
The final decision on ratifying the contract lies with Postdoc members. Please read on for details/considerations regarding the ratification process and how you can vote.
What does this ratification vote mean? In short, this vote enables Postdocs to democratically make a collective final decision on the tentatively agreed upon contract. A simple majority of voting members determines the outcome of the vote. For the vote to be representative and powerful, it’s critical for a supermajority of Postdocs to participate. In addition, a strong turnout on the ratification vote is directly linked to our collective power to enforce the contract & have a powerful foundation for winning an even stronger contract next time. Spread the word about the ratification vote!
What would it mean to vote to ratify this offer? If a majority of those voting accept the tentative agreement, the new contract would take effect upon the conclusion of the ratification vote. A strong yes vote will show that a supermajority of Postdocs are invested and engaged in ratifying this contract now and enforcing it through 2025.
What would it mean to vote to reject this offer? If a majority of those voting reject the tentative agreement, this means the bargaining team would return to the table with UW Admin, the strike would resume, and none of the TAd articles go into effect (i.e., we cannot selectively approve some articles and reject others so we would bargain the entire contract).
What are the terms of the tentative agreement that we’re voting on? You can read more about the specific terms of the tentative agreement at the following links: PDF of the full Tentative Agreement or there is an article-by-article overview available on the Postdoc Bargaining Center.
How long is the vote open? How will we be notified of the results? The vote will open the morning of Friday 6/16 and will run through Tuesday 6/20 at 5 PM Pacific Time. Postdocs will be notified via email and on the website of the ratification vote results on the evening of 6/20.
Is the ratification vote anonymous? The vote is conducted via digital secret ballot. Organizers will be able to see whether you have voted, but not how you have voted. UW will not have access to information about who has voted.
How can I get additional information?
We’ll be holding Ratification Info Sessions. Below is the schedule of upcoming sessions:
Tuesday 6/20: 9am, noon, 3pm
There is no need to pre-register, you can just show up to whichever one works well with your schedule. The same zoom link will work to attend any of these sessions. At each info session we’ll provide an overview of the articles in our contract and there will be a chance for Q/A.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.