1,500 Researchers at University of Washington File to Form a Union

Yesterday, a majority of Research Scientists/Engineers (Assistant-4) from every discipline across all three campuses of the University of Washington filed their representation petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission, seeking to be certified as a new bargaining unit. “Despite the organizing challenges presented by the pandemic, we’ve found ways to have thousands of conversations with

University of Washington Postdocs: It’s official: WE ARE A UNION!

On Friday, May 11, The University of Washington Postdoc vote in support of joining the UAW was certified! Below is a letter from the organizing committee celebrating the victory:   Dear Colleague, It’s hard to contain our excitement, and we surely cannot type out the true number of exclamation points we are *feeling* when we

What is a Bargaining Committee?

UAW members are represented at the bargaining table by their bargaining committee.  The committee is elected pursuant to the local union bylaws, and their size and composition varies depending on the size of the local and the nature of the agreement. The committee’s job is to attend all negotiating meetings, and do the necessary research