Western Academic Workers United – UAW
The union of all student employees at WWU
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 having an election!
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!
We're having an election
At the end of May, there will be an official election to certify us as a union. Please take a minute to fill out this form and let us know you’ll be voting YES for our union!
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.
Sign the Authorization Card
Forming a union is a democratic process. We intend to obtain union recognition by having a majority of WWU Operational Student Employees (OSEs) sign union authorization cards. When a majority of us sign cards to authorize our representation by UAW, the Washington...
We’re having an election to get certified!
In Mid-May, the WA state labor commission (PERC) will be conducting an official election to certify us as a union. Take a minute and sign the pledge to vote, so we can reach out to you when ballots have dropped!
Bargaining Committee Election Results
The results are in! Meet your new bargaining committee members.
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