UW president has reservations over drive to unionize faculty

University of Washington professors are leading an effort to unionize faculty, but UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce says she has “grave reservations” because she believes it would undermine the relationship between faculty and administration.

By Katherine Long

"A group of University of Washington professors is leading an effort to unionize the university’s faculty, but UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce says she has “grave reservations” because she believes it would undermine the relationship between faculty and administration.

Faculty organizers say their aim is to bring more pressure to bear on the Legislature to fully fund education and to empower professors to lobby lawmakers. Higher salaries and better benefits would be a secondary goal.

Organizing has been going on since spring.

“The state’s chronic failure to invest in funding, from Pre-K to graduate school — we finally just had enough, the state Supreme Court has had enough, teachers have had enough,” said Amy Hagopian, an associate professor at the UW. Hagopian is a former Seattle School Board member and secretary of the UW chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and her son Jesse, a Garfield High teacher, is playing an active role in the Seattle teachers strike."

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