As you know, UAW 4121, which represents Academic Student Employees (ASEs) at UW, is in the midst of contract negotiations with UW administration. The relationship between ASEs and faculty is multifaceted: since ASEs are UW employees, we are their colleagues, but since ASEs teach, grade, tutor, and research under our supervision, we are also their teachers and mentors. This raises questions about how we, as faculty, can fulfill our multiple responsibilities in a way that respects the rights and expectations of our colleagues, students, and the broader community that is invested in our state’s flagship public university. On behalf of our faculty union, UW Faculty Forward, we are writing to share our sense of how faculty might approach these questions.Read more
The students on all three UW campuses benefit from our work, as does the University as a whole. Let’s continue to explore ways to strengthen our employment conditions for more stability, predictability, and equity. We have more influence when we stick together and stand with TAs, postdocs, and classified staff. We want to hear your ideas for ways the UW Faculty Forward union can support your work.
What:Join part-time and full-time lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, artists in residence, and senior artists in residence from all three campuses
When: Wednesday, May 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Where:UW Bothell Beardslee Crossing suite, Conference Room 102*.
Wednesday, May 9
Gerberding Hall main entrance on Red Square
5:30pm Board of Regents meeting
Fortunately, the UW has announced the inpatient psych unit at UW Medical Center may stay open for another year (after previously being slated for closure). However, austerity policies still threaten employees across the UW campuses.Read more
Back in 2016, we were able to freeze the UPass cost at $50 a month. UW proposed increasing it to $72.50 a month, but 3,000 people signed a petition, and we held a rally out at the light rail station on campus. Our work together made UW freeze the UPass cost for 2 years.Read more
On behalf of our faculty union, we offer our solidarity to the UK university worker members of the University and College Union (UCU) who are currently on strike to protect their right to a fair pension and fair pay.Read more
After five long years of gridlock and our efforts to elect pro-worker candidates to the state senate, we had high expectations. And our assessment of this session is – it’s mixed. On one hand, the Legislature passed many bills that will protect our union and make Washington a more fair and equal place where every voice is heard. On the other, members of our union worked hard on several priorities that were not successful in this short session. Here’s an update on many bills SEIU 925 members worked on this year, including our regents bill:Read more
UW Faculty Forward Steering Committee member, Jim Liner, authored this inspiring and relevant piece, "Organizing Love As A Political Practice: Strategies For Labor and Antifacism."Read more