The nomination acceptance period for the vacancy election (Steward positions, Defense Committee, Executive Board, and Bargaining Committee) has now closed. We are happy to announce the following new stewards, committee members, and board members, all of whom are uncontested. Congratulations to all!



  • Angela Zhang


  • Kaitlyn Boulding

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Dylan Hutchison.  Statement: “Academic student employees become vulnerable at different times in their lives. Any one of us might need help. Through our Union, we gain the collective strength to stand up for our members when they are vulnerable and need help. That is camaraderie and justice. I’d like to play a small role, as a steward, toward helping others and empowering our community through union engagement.”
  • Christine Geeng


  • Thomas Walker


  • Erin Renee Morgan

Immunology (South Lake Union)

  • Kerri Thomas

Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Holly Jacobs. Statement: “The UW Administration has taken, and will continue to take, every possible chance to mistreat us. As your union steward, I will faithfully represent and protect our interests as ASEs and will always listen to your concerns and questions.”


Defense Committee

No nominations


Executive Board


  • Emily Myers


  • Dan Hart. Statement: “As guide, I am looking forward to ratifying a first contract for UW postdocs, achieving high academic student employee membership and organizing with workers who do not have union representation. Since entering the UW chemistry PhD program in 2013, I have been involved with the UAW as a steward for the chemistry department, as an ASE bargaining committee member and as a full-time organizer, both here at UW currently and in California. I helped negotiate our contract in 2015, my first time at the bargaining table and organizing outside my home department of chemistry. After ratifying our 2015 contract, I joined UAW postdocs in California to negotiate two contracts in 2015 and 2016. During that time, I helped 500 postdocs at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab join the California postdoc union, winning standard setting working conditions. After this exciting experience, I returned home to organize with UW postdocs to achieve a powerful union mandate: 60% of all UW postdocs participated in their recent union election, and 90% voted yes. Over the past six years, I have had the opportunity to organize with new members, activists and organizers in nearly every department on the UW campus. I have learned that throughout campus, we have so many common issues in our working environments. I have been involved in addressing challenges we face in our academic lives by working to increase compensation for academic student employees and postdocs, enhance workplace sexual harassment trainings and protections, fight for rights with international scholars and form a union with our postdoc colleagues. I am proud of what we have accomplished together so far, and I see so many areas where our united voice can strengthen to create a safer and more equitable workplace. I am passionate about our union making the university a better place to work, and the opportunity to serve as guide will help me accomplish that. In the guide position, I want to further bring together our organizing capacities in postdoc and academic student employee departments to build more rights and power for all academic workers at UW. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you during this election for the executive board position as guide, and I look forward to organizing together.”

Bargaining Committee

Region 1 (Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biological Structure, Biomolecular Structure and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Fisheries, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Marine Affairs, Medicinal Chemistry, Neuroscience, Nutritional Science, Oceanography, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy, Physics, Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management)

  • Jacob O’Connor. Statement: “Hi, my name is Jacob O’Connor and I’m a third-year Biochem student. I served on the elections committee last year and after seeing how wild the negotiations were during the contract negotiation I’d like to help contribute to that work in the years to come.”

Region 2 (Aeronautics and Astronautics, Applied Mathematics, CLUE, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Family Medicine, Geography, Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, History, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Slavic Languages and Literature, The Information School, Human Centered Design and Engineering)

  • Jon Witt. Statement: “Hi, I’ve been one of the stewards for chemical engineering for about a year now. I’ve been highly active in organizing my own department, and am enthusiastic about helping others get enthusiastic about helping others, themselves, and participating.”

Region 3 (American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian Languages and Literatures, Center for Humanities, Center for Social Science Computation and Research, Center for Statistics and Social Sciences, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Communication, Comparative History of Ideas, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English, English as a Second Language, EO – English Language Programs, Experimental Education Unit, Ethnic Cultural Center, French and Italian, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, Law, Societies & Justice, Linguistics, Math, Music, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Scandinavian Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Statistics)

  • No open positions.

Region 4 (Anthropology, Art, Art History, Atmospheric Science, Bothell Centers and Programs, Burke Museum, Classics, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Center for Instructional Development and Research, Dance, Drama, DX Arts, Earth and Space Sciences, Evans School of Public Affairs, Germanics, GOMAP, Grant and Contract Services, Language Learning Center, Navy, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Office of Educational Assessment, Office of Minority Affairs, Office of Minority Affairs Instructional Center, Program on Climate Change, Psychology, School of Business, School of Law, Social Work, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Student Athletic Academic Services, Tacoma Centers and Programs)

  • No open positions.

Region 5 (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Bioengineering, Bioethics and Humanities, Biostatistics, Cardiology, Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dentistry, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, College of Forest Resources, Global Health, Health Services, Laboratory Medicine, Materials Science and Engineering, Medical Education, Medical History and Ethics, Medical Scientist Training Program, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Engineering, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oral Biology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Pathobiology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Periodontics, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Urology)

  • Maria Nelson. Statement: “Hi! My name is Maria Nelson and I am a graduate student in Molecular and Cellular Biology (my lab is in Microbiology). The whole campaign was an eye opening experience for me, however, and has pushed me to become more involved and to recognize the power of unions more generally. I would love to serve on the bargaining committee as an avenue to take a more active role in our union. I am also in the MD/PhD program, so I am particularly interested in bringing issues surrounding healthcare and health equity to the table.”


We look forward to the service of our new stewards, executive board members, and bargaining committee members.



UAW Local 4121 Election Committee 2018-2019

Katie Brennan
Jorge Bustamante
Krzysztof Drewniak
Elliot Lee
Elena Pandres
Marissa Parker
Sam Pennypacker
Katie Reichard