In June, the University’s new $90 million payroll system Workday went into effect, and since then, we have received many reports of issues with the system. Members across campus have reported problems such as:

  • Improper tax withholding (most students should be exempt from FICA tax deductions)
  • Delayed wages, and wages that have not been processed
  • Delayed health insurance (GAIP/Lifewise) enrollment, health insurance eligibility that has not been processed, and resulting gaps in health insurance coverage
  • Delayed tuition waivers for 50% FTE appointees, and tuition waivers that have not been processed
  • Continued deadnaming (using the name a trans person was assigned at birth rather than their chosen name) in the UW Time Schedule, despite the University’s communications prior to Workday’s implementation that the new system would resolve the issue
  • System integration errors that have resulted in dependents’ records not being updated with insurance carriers.

Our Contract Enforcement Working Group has been working with affected individuals to resolve these problems. If you are experiencing these or any other issues with your wages, benefits, or Workday, please contact Contract Enforcement immediately by filling out this form.

The Contract Enforcement Working Group is also working to address the widely problematic Workday implementation on a systemic level, so that a more comprehensive audit is completed and we can be assured that any losses taken by members of the UW community are remedied.  Please let us know if you’d like to get involved with this work by emailing

In Solidarity,
Theresa Aliwarga
Douglas Avella-Castro
Andrea Canini
Anthony Castanza
Ying-Yu Chen
Monica Cortes Viharo
Kristen Garofali
Arshiya Hoseyni Chime
Katya Kolesova
Dylan Mayer
Elizabeth Mills
Chelsea Pagan
David Parsons
Michelle Pham
Shua Sanchez
Viral Shah
Sam Sumpter
Arash Tarkhan
Judy Twedt