We are getting closer and closer to the expiration of the ASE contract on April 30th! While we have been able to make some small progress on our proposals to improve equity at UW, and to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups, there are still gaps between our demands and what UW administration has agreed to.
All the progress we’ve made so far has been a direct result of members’ active engagement in the bargaining process, and to win a strong contract in the next two weeks, it’s going to be critical to continue building our collective power. Every member can help by RSVPing to attend a virtual mass rally and bargaining session (tentatively scheduled for April 26th at noon) to demand a fair contract and kick off our final week of bargaining. Please RSVP today at http://tinyurl.com/4121rally!
Bargaining Info Sessions
Do you have questions about the bargaining process, where our proposals stand, or how you can help win a strong contract? Join our bargaining info and strategy sessions happening next week! To accommodate a variety of schedules, there are two options, but both sessions will cover the same information.
For more information about ASE bargaining, you can also check out these links:
UW Accreditation Evaluation Open Forum
On April 14-16, 2021, the UW will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by its accrediting body, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). An assessment of the UW’s initiatives and efforts related to student success, its institutional effectiveness and mission, as well as governance, resources and capacity are included in the evaluation. As part of that process, the NWCCU will hold open forums for UW community members. The final session is this morning:
NWCCU Staff forum – 9-9:50 a.m., Thursday, April 15. For more information and to register, visit https://www.washington.edu/provost/.
Postdoc Childcare Fund Enrollment is now open!
The Postdoc Childcare Fund is now accepting responses for the first half of 2021. Our collective bargaining agreement provides for a caregiving fund of $45,000 in 2021 that is distributed semiannually. Funds will be distributed in June for Postdoc caregivers who worked at UW anytime from January to June 2021. If you are a Postdoc parent or caregiver, enroll today. Please reach out to the Family Friendly Workgroup with any questions or to get more involved.
Find UAW 4121 on social media!
Our Communications Working Group has recently created a UAW 4121 TikTok — follow at @uaw_4121! You can also follow our union accounts on Twitter (@uaw4121), Facebook (@uawlocal4121), and Instagram (@uaw4121). We hope that these accounts are able to provide union updates in smaller, more digestible chunks. For longer form updates, you can also access the full archive of membership emails on our website. If you have ideas for social media or communications more broadly, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!