Happy Winter Break & End of Year Member Reflections
It’s winter break, and almost time to bid farewell to 2022! Similarly to last year’s 2021 in review, the Communications Working Group is taking some time to reflect on & capture key moments of 2022. In this year’s review, the Communications Working Group is hoping to incorporate members’ takeaways and perspectives on organizing in 2022 as well as hopes and goals for 2023 – all members are encouraged to share reflections via this form! Pictures from actions, membership activities, and pictures of members and pets in UAW 4121 gear are also welcome.
Housing 4 The People Rally – 1/11 at 4:30pm, Red Square
Last September, UW administration announced a plan to privatize four housing complexes, including two family housing units (Blakely Village and Laurel Village) that primarily serve graduate students with families. As discussed at the Rally for Housing Justice last October, this decision will not only displace current residents but will also have long-lasting effects for current and future members by eliminating affordable housing options, driving up housing costs, and setting the stage for further privatization of student housing units. Learn more and sign this petition calling on the UW Regents to build housing for people, not for profit.
RSVP here to join the Housing Justice Working Group, tenant organizers, and community housing justice organizations and advocates on Red Square at the Housing 4 The People Rally outside of the first UW Board of Regents meeting of 2023 on January 11th at 4:30pm. Get involved in organizing around this critical issue by connecting with others in your department, signing up for pair up and talk with tenants, and more – reach out to the Housing Justice Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UAW Runoff Elections & Re-Establishment of Region 6
On Monday, eleven new members of the UAW International Executive Board (IEB) were sworn into office
(check out the full election results
). With this swearing in, UAW Region 6 – comprising Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawai‘i – was officially re-established
. The re-establishment of the region is a direct result of years of collective efforts
by UAW members across the Western States to organize new workers and increase transparency and democracy in our union. With this new region, we will have greater opportunities to directly coordinate with and grow power alongside other UAW Locals in the region – including higher ed workers at the University of California and Cal State, and more, as well as workers in auto, aerospace, parts manufacturing, gaming, and more.
As a reminder, runoff elections will be held in January for the offices of IEB President and the third Vice President position. Rules and details around the run-off election will be forthcoming, but it is anticipated that ballots will be mailed to members starting on January 12, 2023 and the deadline for the return of those ballots will be February 28, 2023. To ensure you receive your ballot, please make sure the mailing address you have on file is up to date by filing out this form ASAP.
Find more information about the election process, eligibility to vote, and more on the IEB Elections page on our website and on the Federal Monitor’s Elections page. As with the first round of voting, our Organizing Committees will be conducting a number of GOTV efforts to reach out to fellow UAW 4121 members and encourage everyone to participate in the runoff election. To get involved with this work, email email@example.com.