Bargaining and Contract Enforcement Announcements

Research Scientists/Engineers A-4
RSE A-4 Salary Increases – Check Your Paycheck!

RSE A-4s, check your upcoming 10/25 paycheck for a 4% pay increase beginning 10/1! The first RSE A-4 contract that we won through our collective actions includes this guaranteed raise.

This paycheck should also include the additional 3.25% raise for any RSE who:

  • Was employed by UW as an RSE A-4 as of April 2022
  • Did not receive an increase to their base pay between April 2022 and September 2023
  • As of October 2023, is still employed at UW as an RSE

Check your 10/25 payslip closely to make sure your pay has been adjusted correctly! These wins were only possible through all of us empowering each other to advocate for ourselves by coming together through majority collective action – let’s make sure that UW implements our hard-won contract. If you don’t see the increases that you would anticipate, please reach out immediately to

Postdocs maintain overtime-exempt status in 2024  
The WA Department of Labor and Industries recently announced that the 2024 overtime-exempt salary threshold will be $67,724.80. The 2024 minimum Postdoc salary of $68,455 that we won earlier this year through collective participation in contract bargaining is well above this minimum this confirms that Postdocs will not have to track hours in 2024.

International Scholars: Submit receipts for your OPT and/or J-1 visa fees! 
Additionally, we’ve won in our new Postdoc collective bargaining agreement that the University must pay for immigration-related fees for international Postdocs. This includes J-1 visa request fees and amendment fees, and reimbursing Postdocs for J-1 SEVIS I-901 fees and OPT I-765 filing fees. If you are a Postdoc on OPT or a J-1 visa that has paid these fees, please submit receipts for the fees you paid using this form.

Academic Student Employees:
Add your voice – the ASE 2024 Contract Bargaining Survey open through the last week of October!
In early 2024, ASEs will begin negotiating a new contract with the University of Washington. Building a strong, representative bargaining agenda takes all of us as ASEs coming together throughout the year, starting with this bargaining survey to determine our collective priorities on issues including wages, fee waivers, career development, anti-discrimination, and more.


October Monthly Membership Meeting
During the October Monthly Membership Meeting, UAW 4121 members voted on the finalized bylaws, incorporating the newest unit of employees, Research Scientists and Engineers A-4, into our Local. Members also discussed organizing and working group updates. For a recap and further info, the slide deck for the meeting is available here.

If you are interested in getting more involved, use this form to sign up for a working group!

Our monthly membership meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5pm. Our next meeting is November 9th at 5pm on Zoom.

Introducing ONE SLACK WORKSPACE for the Local!
It’s here! Connect with fellow members across all units, ask and answer questions, share and learn about opportunities to get involved and grow solidarity with one another. Fill out this form to join the UAW 4121 Slack!  If you have already filled out the form and haven’t been added, hang tight. We’ll get you an invite as soon as we can.

Applications Open: Become an EPIC Trainer
Members from all three 4121 units (Academic Student Employees, Postdocs, and Research Scientists/Engineers A-4) have the opportunity to participate in and become peer trainers for the Empowering Prevention and Inclusive Communities (EPIC) program. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in empowering their colleagues to create a safer, more equitable environment at UW. These paid part-time positions are now posted and open to applicants.

Know Your Rights

Our contracts outline a very clear grievance procedure for resolving disputes with the University. If you think your rights have been violated, get in touch with your department steward or, in the absence of a steward, email the Contract Enforcement Working Group (CEWG, as soon as possible, even if you are unsure if an issue is a grievance or if you want to formally file one.

Made up of members who have been trained in our contracts and grievance procedures, the CEWG is a collaborative resource that can help you navigate our contract, brainstorm resources, action plans, and organizing strategies, and if needed, file a grievance. Grievances have important filing deadlines that range from 7 to 180 days depending on the violation, and CEWG won’t move forward with a strategy without the affected person(s)’ consent. You can view the entirety of the Research Scientist A-4 contract or search for a specific issue here.

Upcoming Local 4121 Meetings, Events, Trainings

Organizing 101 Trainings
Our union is made up of members and it is only through member participation that we can build a strong, powerful community of colleagues.

Every month over the fall quarter, we will have Organizing 101 trainings to cover the basics of effectively connecting with our colleagues to build power for structural changes. The next training will be on Monday, 10/30 from 5-6pm on Zoom.

RSVP HERE to attend a training and come meet your fellow union members from across all three units, and bring a friend!

Sewliderity Circle 
The next 4121 sewlidarity circle will be Saturday Oct 21st, 1-4pm in Odegaard 334.Bring your sewing, crafts, mending, knitting, crochet, weaving, whatever! We’ll watch a movie and vibe! (You’ll need your husky card to gain access to this building on the weekend!)

November General Election

City and county elections are coming up November 7th!

  • Register to vote in Washington. If you register now, your ballot for the November election will arrive mid-October. All voting in Washington is done by mail.
  • Seattle voters have four $25 democracy vouchers to give Seattle candidates! It costs you nothing, and helps a more diverse group of candidates run in Seattle than if people had to rely on private donations only.
  • By pooling many small donations in UAW’s Voluntary Community Action Program (VCAP), our union can impact the campaigns of pro-labor candidates and help elect labor champions into local, state, and federal offices. If you are eligible to vote in the USA, then you can set up your contribution through the VCAP form on our website.
  • Everyone (whether or not you are eligible to vote) can help get labor-supporting candidates elected by volunteering!  To maximize our political power as a union, we’re sponsoring three door-to-door canvass events. Door-knocking is especially important in local elections like this, where media coverage is sparse, and the electorate is small. Please consider signing up for a canvass date and show up in your union gear (we’ll get you a shirt if you don’t already have one).

Beyond UW

All members in good standing can submit events/actions by emailing Suggested content should be consistent with Local 4121’s core principles.

Labor Actions in Higher Ed & Beyond
We’re part of a movement and it’s been another big week in higher ed organizing across the country. Congratulations to:

Community Events

  • The UW Harry Bridges Labor Studies Center will be holding their annual banquet on November 5th, 5-8pm in the HUB Ballroom. The event is open to all but space is limited and tickets are required. Event details and an RSVP are available here.