Congratulations on your appointment at the University of Washington, and welcome to UAW 4121, the Union of 5000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) and 1000 Postdoctoral Scholars at UW! As academic workers, we are critical to the university’s core mission as a center for instruction and research. We work in labs, teach classes, and conduct cutting-edge research — in short, UW works because we do. Over the past 20 years, we have a strong tradition of organizing to advance members’ priorities around social impact, equity, and working conditions.
Below, you’ll find a summary of important information to help get you oriented to your union, your rights under our collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), and important resources available to ASEs and Postdocs. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your department steward (ASE stewards, Postdoc stewards).
|When every ASE and Postdoc signs up for membership, we have more power to win on the issues that matter most to members. Thanks to 20 years of strong majority membership and participation, we’ve been able to win improvements to our working conditions and our University more broadly -- including wages, healthcare, childcare, anti-discrimination, international scholars issues, and more.||ASEs and Postdocs have strong rights and protections under our contracts, which we’ve continually improved through membership action and collective bargaining. We have a strong network of elected departmental stewards -- peer representatives who can help answer your questions, ensure your rights are enforced, and connect you with support.||As a union, we’re a democratic and member-driven organization -- everything we do as a union is the result of membership participation. The more ASEs and Postdocs across campus who participate in our union, the more power we have to make changes to improve our working and learning conditions, and the university as a whole.|
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Dues in Action
ASE Member Center
Postdoc Member Center
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Salaried ASEs' Rights
Hourly ASEs' Rights
- Equity & Union Culture
- Membership email digest
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- Find your Union Rep!
- COVID-19 resources & information
- Renters Toolkit
- International Students & Scholars Working Group
- International Students & Scholars handout
- Empowering Prevention & Inclusive Communities (EPIC)
- More resources
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Unions in Academia
We are part of a growing movement of organizing across higher education. Across the country, academic workers are forming unions to improve their working conditions and make their workplaces more equitable. The UAW alone represents nearly 100,000 academic workers. Check out some recent press on the academic organizing movement: