Organize University of Waterloo

Sign-up for membership in the union if you are working at the University of Waterloo as a:

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant
Sessional Instructor

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Recent & Upcoming Events

International Student Discussion on Unionization

A discussion on unionization with a focus on international student issues.

Trivia Night

Union-themed trivia night hosted in partnership with GSA-UW.

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #3: English Department

The next webinar in our Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization, featuring an elected student representative from the Department of English and OrganizeUW's CUPE staff representative, with moderation by an English student organizer.

GSA Event: Live Q&A with Organize UW

Join us as we go live with the GSA to ask common questions about the graduate student-led union drive on campus.
Committee to Organize uWaterloo

Committee to Organize uWaterloo

supported by CUPE

Organize uWaterloo

You can sign a union card if you are working at the University of Waterloo as a:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Contract/Sessional Instructor

The Committee to Organize uWaterloo is a grassroots campaign to unionize the academic workers at the University of Waterloo. The campaign is supported by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

With over 700,000 members, CUPE is Canada's largest union. CUPE represents 70,400 workers spanning 233 collective agreements in the post-secondary education sector.

Recent News

FAQs

Free Quarantine Packages - #WhyNotWaterloo?

The next blog post in our #WhyNotWaterloo series on the question What Difference Does a Union Make? examines quarantine packages for international students coming to the university in January 2021. Did you know that graduate TAs at other Ontario universities are able to quarantine through their university for free, whereas UW is charging over $1000? But #WhyNotWaterloo? Read on to find out more.

Health & Safety Info and Short Survey

OrganizeUW is concerned that the uWaterloo administration is not communicating relevant health and safety information to graduate student workers and sessional instructors.

Campaign Endorsements

Campus organizations continue to pass resolutions to endorse the campaign to unionize graduate student and sessional workers at the University of Waterloo.

International student issues #4 - Gaining protections against tuition increases

Despite the fact that international students make up over 50% of full-time equivalent graduate students in some faculties at UW, they are often ignored when the university makes decisions about policies that directly impact them. This is the third post by our international student sub-committee in their series on how a union can help make international students’ experiences at UW better.

Nov 24 Migrant Students United Day of Action: Support Migrant Students Facing Deportation

Thousands of migrant student workers face deportation if work permits are not made renewable immediately. Tomorrow, Nov. 24, 2020, students from Migrant Students United are holding a Day of Action to demand: renewable work permits, real access to PR, lower tuition & universal services, all work to be valued, family unity, and status for all. Actions include a petition, rally (Covid-safe), calling the Immigration Minister, and a TweetStorm. Grassroots student organizers of OrganizeUW stand in solidarity with the students of MSU. Please consider taking action to support international and migrant students, who are a vital part of our community at UW and in Canada as a whole.

International student issues #3 - Importance of a standardized work environment

Despite the fact that international students make up over 50% of full-time equivalent graduate students in some faculties at UW, they are often ignored when the university makes decisions about policy. This is the third post by our international student sub-committee in their series on how a union can help make international students’ experiences at UW better.

Contact

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Send an email to the link below and an organizer will contact you directly. All inquiries are kept confidential.

Or, if you are ready to sign a card, fill out the sign-up form and an electronic card will be sent to you.

OrganizeUW hosts a weekly Q&A video call at 1:30pm EST every Tuesday! Please stop by if you'd like to discuss the drive, ask any questions, or simply say hi and meet our organizers.

Note: Click here for the Weekly meeting link