UAW 4121

Summer Workshops to Build Power

Please RSVP for this summer’s Workshops to Build Power! Join fellow 4121 members across UW for a series of organizing trainings to learn more about what we can each do to help build our collective power, both in preparing for our next contract campaigns and to win on important issues outside of bargaining. These trainings cover critical skills and information for department stewards, but they’re also open to anyone interested in honing their organizing skills and getting more involved. For more information about each session, check out the RSVP form!
  • Session 1: 1-to-1 Organizing (Thurs 6/24, 5-6:30pm).
  • Session 2: Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Communities 1.0 (Thur 7/1, 6-7:30pm).
  • Session 3: Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Communities 2.0 (Thur 7/8, 5-6:30pm).
  • Session 4: Organizing an Empowering New Member Orientation (Thur 7/15, 5-6:30pm).
  • Session 5: Power Analysis & Building a Departmental Campaign (Thur 7/22, 5-6:30pm).

Upcoming Union Social

We made it through the academic year! June 2021 is also the 20 year anniversary of our recognition strike. To celebrate and socialize, we are holding a COVID-conscious outdoor social on Sunday, June 27 from 1-3pm. The location is TBD but will very likely be either on or near UW main campus. Everyone will be welcome to join at any time for light snacks, a few pumps of hand sanitizer, getting to know union members across departments, and learning a little bit more about our history of a union while we celebrate the end of the academic year.

We will send updates/reminders to all who RSVP and will notify everyone of the location as soon as possible. RSVP here:


Many members with summer ASE appointments have noticed that their UPASS has become inactive, and the Contract Enforcement Working Group has been actively working to ensure this is corrected quickly. UW Transportation Services fixed the data issue causing the problem on Wednesday; however it could take up to 48 hours for your card to be recognized on transit. Any ASE who needs to access transit during this time can log into your MyUW account with your phone, click on the Accounts tab, and show transit drivers that your U-PASS membership is current/active. If you have any concerns, questions, or continue to experience issues after Friday 6/18, please contact Contract Enforcement by completing this brief form.

Renters Rights Campaign: Rally for the Eviction Moratorium

Seattle rents are exploding once again and the end of the eviction moratorium is fast approaching. To stay in our homes and fight with renters everywhere, the Housing Justice Working Group is mobilizing fellow UAW 4121 members to the Renters Rights Campaign from Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s office. Together we have already banned the eviction of children and educators during the school year, closed loopholes in just cause eviction laws, and won the right to representation for all renters facing eviction. These wins meet urgent needs now while simultaneously building our power to win residential and commercial rent control!
Three ways to get involved this week:
  1. Read and share our statement endorsing the Renters Rights Campaign here.
  2. Come out to the Rally for the Eviction Moratorium on Thursday 6/24 at 6pm in Cal Anderson Park.
  3. Organize with the campaign! Join the Housing Justice Working Group by emailing <>.

Training on Lobbying Congress

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Member of Congress to advocate for issues that are important to you, but don’t know where to start? Join fellow UAW members from across the West Coast on Wed 6/23 at noon for a virtual info session on how to effectively lobby for change. We’ll cover the basics of the US legislative branches & their responsibilities, how to set up and prepare for a meeting, and what to expect when you meet.  Everyone is very welcome and encouraged to participate — you do not need to be a US citizen to reach out to or meet with your representative! RSVP here to register and receive the zoom link.

Kshama Solidarity Campaign: Labor for Sawant Rally

Whether it’s building movements for the $15 minimum wage or walking our picket lines, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has always shown up and done the work to organize and fight with working people. The right-wing recall claims her active solidarity with the BLM movement last summer was illegal — we reject this racist attack on the multiracial working class, and proudly oppose the big business interests that are funding it.

To show the labor movement’s support for Councilmember Sawant, and appeal to workers and unions currently on the sidelines, we will be rallying at Cal Anderson Park on Tuesday, June 22nd at 6pm. RSVP at the Facebook event, and share it with your neighbors and coworkers!

Climate Justice Beers and Brainstorm

Next week! The Climate Justice Workgroup is meeting up on Thursday, June 24th at 5:00pm at the Burke Gilman Brewery for a beers & brainstorm session. Any member who is interested in getting involved in the workgroup is welcome to attend! We will be hanging out outside and developing our 2021-2022 priorities and plans. Email for more info.

Workgroups Remaining Active Over Summer!

To continue building our power and working towards improved working conditions, many of our workgroups are continuing to meet over the summer! New members are always welcome. Email any group you’re interested in and a workgroup member will share Zoom information with you.

Postdoc Task Force on Applying for PI Status

As a postdoc, having the opportunity to apply for grants and run projects as a principal investigator is an important opportunity for professional development. Article 12.6 of our contract gave us access to apply and act as PIs and co-PIs. We are currently starting a task force to understand the approval process across different Departments and Colleges for gaining PI status on grants in hope of making this process more transparent and equitable for all postdocs on campus. Please reach out to to participate.

Now Hiring! Postdoc EPIC Trainer 

Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) is hiring 2 new Postdoc training specialists! The EPIC program is an innovative peer-to-peer harassment prevention training program jointly run between our union and the university, and was a major win from the most recent ASE and Postdoc contracts. For more information and to apply, you can access the posting on UW Hires (UW Requisition #189319).

In Solidarity,
Douglas Avella-Castro
Leandro Casiraghi
Amanda Clouser
Max Friedfeld
Kaelie Giffel
Vern Harner
Dan Hart
Colleen Hoffman
Levin Kim
Brianne King
Kyle Kubler
Avi Matarasso
Kristin McCowan
Erin Morgan
Emily Myers
Amal Nanavati
Anzela Niraula
Jacob O’Connor
Elena Pandres
Nayon Park
Marissa Parker
David Parsons
Shua Sanchez
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Samantha Thompson
Judy Twedt
Momona Yamagami
Christian Zimmermann