Looking Forward to the Higher Education Stakeholders' Summit on Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 AM to 3 PM a Higher Education Stakeholders' Summit  will be to investigate Washington State’s continual defunding of public higher education. We’ll evaluate the impact on stakeholders — students, faculty, staff, and the community — and strategize how to collaborate to turn this troubling trend around. Sponsored by AFT Washington, Alliance for Justice, Washington Student Association, Education in Equity Coalition, Tacoma Community College Federation of Teachers Local 2196, and Jobs With Justice.


Union Members Question UW Provost Cauce at Town Hall Meeting

Union members Aleksandra Petrovich and Donna Schaeffer attended the UW Townhall meeting with Provost Ana Mari Cauce and asked her for an explanation for the long delay in contract negotiations between UW and the English Language Faculty. The English Language Faculty has been negotiating for their first contract with the UW since March 2012.
You can view the townhall meeting video at YouTube. Aleksandra's question is at 41st minute and Donna's at 46:50.



AFT Local 6486 at the UW Board of Regents Meeting

In a short speech at the November 14 meeting, Daphne Mackey asked the Board of Regents to support the union’s efforts to reach a fair labor agreement with the University of Washington. She informed the Board of the union’s goals and expressed concern about the University’s proposals and refusal to mediate their differences. She asked the Regents to join others in the University community as well as government leaders in urging that negotiations move forward.


The Daily Reports on Our Struggle for a Fair Contract

The Daily, November 17th:

"The “last, best, and final” proposal from the UW on Sept. 20 in its negotiations with the university’s International and English Language Program (IELP) faculty has drawn the attention of Seattle lawmakers and sparked protests on campus."

You can read the rest of the article here.


Washington State Legislators Urge UW to Negotiate a Fair Contract

Seven Washington State legislators, including Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Larry Seaquist, vice-chair and chair of the House Higher Education Committee,  wrote to UW President Young to encourage UW to negotiate a fair contract that provides a living wage and job stability for UW English Language Faculty.