UAW 4121

Membership Meeting Thurs 3/11

RSVP here for our next membership meeting on Thursday 3/11 from 5-6pm. We will meet via Zoom, and more details about our membership meetings and how you can participate are posted here. The proposed agenda for the meeting is as follows:
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Minutes
  • Postdoc bargaining 
  • ASE bargaining
  • Organizing trainings 
  • Reportback from Housing Justice Convention
  • Upcoming Events and Actions 
  • Adjourn
Any member who would like to propose additional agenda items or submit materials for the meeting is welcome to email by 5pm on Wednesday, March 10. All members in good standing are encouraged to attend, and anyone who is not yet a member can sign up here beforehand.

ASE Bargaining Info Session Tomorrow at 4pm

What: Membership discussion of proposals for our first bargaining session
When: Friday March 5, 4-5pm
How to join: Fill out this short RSVP form

All members are encouraged to join an info and strategy session for Academic Student Employee bargaining on March 5 from 4-5pm. We’ll discuss bargaining proposals on topics including wages, fees, health insurance, campus climate, the EPIC program, childcare, and more. We’ll also discuss the contract campaign trajectory and how every member can get involved to help build power for a winning campaign.

All members are encouraged to get involved with bargaining — check out this page for more information about the many ways you can participate! Also bookmark the ASE Bargaining Center to keep up to date on all aspects of bargaining.

WFSE 1488 Endorses ASE Contract Campaign!

WFSE Local 1488, a union of maintenance workers, service workers, and technicians at UW, voted at a membership meeting last week to support our Academic Student Employee contract campaign. WFSE’s members say “UW works because you do. You keep the labs and classrooms running. You deserve an equitable work place that respects and fairly compensates you…Stay strong and know that Local 1488 is behind you.” Read their full solidarity statement at

Support a More Equitable Family Leave Program in WA

Please sign the petition to expand paid family leave in Washington State! Two years ago, our union fought in coalition to pass the WA state Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, which is one of the most progressive leave programs in the country. As the program has been implemented, a number of improvements are apparent, from making sure that employees taking leave won’t lose their jobs to making sure that ASEs and Postdocs can qualify for the eligibility requirements. The WA state legislature is currently considering legislation (HB 1073) to improve this program, which means we have a critical opportunity to  make sure PFML is equitable and accessible for as many people as possible.

West Coast Housing Justice Convention 

What: Housing justice action conference cohosted by UAW 2865, UAW 4121, UAW 4123, and UAW 5810
When: March 10 from 5-6:30pm
How to join: RSVP here!

Recently our Housing Justice Working Group has been having conversations with other unionized academic workers in California about how we can organize together for housing justice by pressuring major landlords — including Universities — to take responsibility for their role in driving up housing costs. Join this growing coalition on March 10 at 5:00 p.m. for a meeting to identify big ideas for doing this work and to start developing action plans with other UAW members from California. RSVP here to receive the Zoom information, and email if you have any questions.

 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
Paige Sechrest
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Judy Twedt
Momona Yamagami