United we BARGAIN.

Divided we beg.

Progress Tracker


Outstanding Articles

Tentative Agreement!

WAWU’s Contract Summary

As of May 22nd

(Full Text Here)

Learn about our historic first contract!

Bargaining Committee One on One Office Hours:

10am – 3pm

Kitto Student Hub Haggard Hall

Friday- May 24th, Tuesday – May 28th, Wednesday – May 29th

Tentative Agreement Town Hall


Fraser Hall 101

Wednesday – May 29th

Bargaining Priorities

We live in a reality where students face rising costs of living in Bellingham, tuition and fees, and other barriers to attending and affording our education from a Washington State public university. Western works because WE DO! We need to live here too. Our jobs are essential to Western’s mission of providing “a transformational education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and based on innovative scholarship, research and creative activity”. By meeting our demands at the bargaining table, Western Administrators can truly advance inclusive success – increase retention and persistence rates and eliminate achievement gaps for students from diverse and under-represented socio-economic backgrounds.

Liveable, Competitive Compensation

           Tuition and            Fee Waivers

Stronger ADEI Resolution Procedures

Job Security

Contract Article Proposals

We’re making history by negotiating the first ever union contract to protect student employees at Western. Bargaining is a democratic process where we decide together what we want to change and advocate to make these changes.

The following are all of the bargaining proposals that have been passed back and forth between us and WWU Administrators. Each proposed article is it’s own accordion dropdown menu. Tentatively Agreed (TA’d) articles are articles that we have reached an agreement with WWU Administrators on and will end up in the contract once we ratify it.

Management Rights
Title IX
Intellectual Property

Previous Bargaining Dates

Spring 2024

Monday, March 25th, 11:00-5:00
Monday, April 1st, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, April 8th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, April 15th, 11:00 – 5:00- Cancelled due to WWU Lawyer’s last minute unavailability
Thursday, April 18th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, April 22nd, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, April 29th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, May 6th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, May 13th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, May 20th, 11:00-5:00
Tuesday, May 21st, 11:00-5:00
Wednesday, May 22, 11:00-5:00

Winter 2024

Tuesday, January 16th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, January 22nd, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, January 29th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, February 5th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, February 12th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, February 26th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, March 4th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, March 11th, 11:00 – 5:00
Monday, March 18th, RFI Sidebar Session

Fall 2023

Monday, October 2nd, 1:00 – 5:00
October 3rd – 23rd, Not scheduled due to WWU Lawyer Bike Vacation in Greece
Tuesday, October 24th, Rescheduled due to WWU Lawyer Illness
Thursday, November 2nd, 1:00 – 5:00 (Make up date)
Tuesday, November 7th, Cancelled due to STC PERC hearing
Tuesday, November 14th, Not scheduled due to WWU Lawyer Previous Commitment
Tuesday, November 21st, 1:00 – 5:00
Tuesday, November 28th, 1:00 – 5:00
Tuesday, December 5th, 1:00 – 5:00
Tuesday, December 12th, Cancelled due to WWU Lawyer Family Emergency