United we BARGAIN.

Divided we beg.

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 together at the negotiation table to make these changes.

Check out our bargaining center for every proposal passed back and forth at the table, more insight into the issues we are fighting together for, and information for attending a bargaining session yourself. 

We are advocating for fair, livable, and competitive compensation, tuition and fee waivers, stronger resolution procedures for ADEI issues, and job security! 

Strike Authorization Vote

On May 6-9, we are holding a Strike Authorization Vote!

When enough of us vote “Yes” in our upcoming Strike Authorization Vote, the WAWU bargaining committee may set a deadline for management before calling a strike. This would send admin a strong message that we are willing to withhold our work later in the quarter if they continue to undervalue our jobs.

Preparing for our Strike Authorization Vote

Take a look at the issues with sticking points in bargaining, share how what admin is saying makes you feel, pledge to vote YES! in our Strike Authorization Vote.

Days Until Our Strike Authorization Vote








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

Progress Tracker


Articles for us to counter


Articles for Admin to counter

Our Most Recent Articles

  • Workload, Leaves, Holidays, Vacation Package
  • Union Rights (TA)
  • Anti-Discrimination
  • Accommodations
  • Parking

Admin’s Most Recent Articles

  • Union Rights
  • Parking
  • Health Insurance
  • Workload, Leaves, Holidays, Vacation Package

Bargaining Dates

Upcoming Bargaining Dates

Spring Quarter

  • Monday, April 22nd, 11:00 – 5:00
  • Monday, April 29th, 11:00 – 5:00
Previous Bargaining Dates

Fall Quarter

  • 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

Winter Quarter

  • 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

Spring Quarter

  • 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

Every Monday.

11AM – 5PM.

Old Main 590 (Solarium)

Join us in bargaining!

All bargaining sessions are open to WAWU members. You can come be a passive or active observer to the process. Sitting in on a bargaining session is a low stakes way of showing WWU Admin that everyone is invested and engaged in what happens during bargaining!

Contract Article Proposals

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.

Active Proposal Archive

Intellectual Property

Tentative Agreement Archive