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 Webinars

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #2: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

The Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization, featuring an elected student representative from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and OrganizeUW's CUPE staff representative, with moderation by a student organizer.

Anti-Racism and Unions

Join us for a discussion of how anti-racism work and unions work together to create a more just workplace and society. The webinar will start with presentations of related information and personal experiences followed by a Q&A panel discussion. A primary aim of the discussion is to envision how our local union might engage in anti-racism work through bargaining, activism, and solidarity with ongoing efforts. Speakers include CUPE human rights and research staff, student activists and local members from CUPE Ontario, and a grad student rep from a UW anti-racism taskforce.

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #1: Faculty of Environment

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

CUPE, Teaching Assistant Unions, and Health & Safety

A webinar featuring a CUPE health and safety staffer, CUPE teaching assistant union local president, and Organize University of Waterloo organizer.
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

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.

International student issues #2 - Visas and unionizing

International students make up nearly half of graduate students yet they are often neglected when the university crafts policy. This is the second post in the series by our international student sub-committee, in which they considers how a union can help ensure international student issues get the attention they deserve.

International student issues #1 - Having a voice in the university

International students comprise nearly half of graduate students yet they are often neglected when the university crafts policy. In this new series of short posts, our international student sub-committee considers how a union can help bring the issues they experience to the forefront. Click here to read the full article!

TA wages - #WhyNotWaterloo? Part 1

Our new series considers the question What Difference Does a Union Make? In other words, how does working at UW compare to other schools? What concrete results has unionization brought elsewhere? In our first post we examine TA wages and hours. Did you know that graduate TAs at other Ontario universities earn 25-35% more per hour AND work 12-25% fewer hours per course? But #WhyNotWaterloo? Read on to find out more.

How to sign a card (tutorial)

A step-by-step guide to the card signing process, with some helpful screenshots, tips and answers to common questions. It doesn't take long, but there are a couple of steps mandated by the Ontario Labour Board that need to be followed to ensure your card is “officially” counted.

Contact

Send a question directly to an organizer

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 an informal weekly open video call, Tuesdays at 1:30pm EST. All are welcome to drop in to say hello, ask questions, discuss the drive, meet some organizers, and learn more.

Here is the link to join the meeting https://8x8.vc/organizing/uwaterloo-committee-weekly.