Western Academic Workers United – UAW

The union of all student employees at WWU

The results are in: 98% of educational student employees at WWU have voted YES for WAWU-UAW. By a final margin of 805 Yes : 19 No, student workers have voted overwhelemingly for a democratic voice on campus.The vote’s massive 75% voter turnout–in a vote held during exams week and commencement–shows just how incredibly important this is to ESE’s accross the University.

The next step is to move on to bargaining! If you’re an educational student employee, please go to our Bargaining Center and sign on to the Initial Bargaining Demands and fill out your bargaining survey! Remember, bargaining is a participatory and democratic process, and we can’t do this unless we do it together!

Joining Together for a Better Western 

We are Western student employees, and we are proud of our work as teachers, researchers, and tutors at Western. However, many of us lack secure rights and protections in the workplace, struggle with low compensation and inadequate health care, and face uncertainty about our careers. We are undergraduates and graduates across all WWU’s colleges and disciplines, and we share a vision of a University that’s a better place to work and study.

We have witnessed the power of organized student employees  to dramatically improve their working conditions through unionization with the United Auto Workers (UAW). We are coming together to form a union with the UAW so that we can improve our workplaces and our lives—and in turn create a stronger, more equitable Western.

Educational Student Employees are starting bargaining

We’ve asked the Washington labor board to hold an election so we can get officially certified as a union and start bargaining with WWU Admin. Take a minute to pledge to Vote Union Yes!

Building Our First Contract!

Before negotiating with WWU administration, a majority of Educational Student Employees need to ratify the Initial Bargaining Demands. Look through these first demands and see what we can fight for and win together!

Operational Student Employees are newly unionizing!

We’re beginning our campaign to collect signatures from accross campus. Add yours today or get involved!

Sign your authorization card!

We’re collecting authorization cards so we can petition to legally form a union. 

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Meet Your Bargaining Committee Candidates

I want to be part of the conversation as I’ve been a research assistant for 5 years at western. I also am I communication major so I know how to communicate effectively our demands. Hello! My name is Paige and I'm running for the research assistant (RA) bargaining...

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