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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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 & Upcoming Events

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #6: School of Planning

The next webinar in our Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization, featuring a mix of elected student representatives, graduate student organizers from the School of Planning, and OrganizeUW's CUPE staff representative. All graduate students in related areas are welcome!

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #5: Faculty of Mathematics

The next webinar in our Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization, featuring a mix of elected student representatives, graduate student organizers from the Math Faculty, and OrganizeUW's CUPE staff representative. All graduate students in Math-related areas are welcome!

Mental Health & Unions

Join OrganizeUW, CUPE Health & Safety representatives and a CUPE 3903 (YorkU) graduate worker as we discuss the opportunities union organizing presents for improving mental health on campus.

Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization #4: Physics Department

The next webinar in our Faculty Discussion Series on Unionization, featuring an elected student representative and graduate student organizers from the Department of Physics & Astronomy, as well as OrganizeUW's CUPE staff representative. All graduate students in Physics-related areas are welcome!

Energy, democracy, and unions: A discussion on the parallels of climate justice and union organizing

Join us as we go live with guests from Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, OrganizeUW, and Fossil Free UW and talk climate justice and unions.

Recent News

FAQs

"Scheduled Pauses" & Pandemic Support - Grad Student Experience Survey

UW recently offered a two-day “scheduled pause” to encourage wellness during the pandemic, which made us curious - were you actually able to take some much-needed time off? And have you generally felt well-supported by UW during COVID-19? What do you think UW should be doing to support graduate students, that they're not? Please take our anonymous 5-minute survey and let us know!

How to sign a card (tutorial)

(UPDATED MARCH 2020 WITH NEW, SIMPLER PROCESS!)

A step-by-step guide to the digital card signing process for our union drive at the University of Waterloo, featuring some helpful screenshots, tips, and answers to common questions. It doesn't take long to sign a card, but there are a few things to be aware of to ensure your card is officially “counted” by the Ontario Labour Board. Read on to learn more!

Guest Post: Migrant Students United - Survey

Guest post from our friends at Migrant Students United, inviting current and former international students to contribute your opinion on the next stage of their work:

“Migrant students & workers! FILL OUT THIS 2 MINUTE SURVEY and help shape collective priorities for change in our work ahead! We won changes to permit and immigration rules, now we’re deciding what to do next. Have your say!”

International doctoral student funding: Quick survey and award restriction info

OrganizeUW is concerned that international doctoral students are facing significant and unexpected reductions to their funding packages in their fourth year due to fine print, unclear offer letters, and apparent departmental funding shortfalls.

Introducing: Gizmo the Goose!

OrganizeUW is pleased to announce that our “Name The Clever Goose” contest has concluded and our mascot finally has a catchy name that suits an intelligent, dignified, friendly, and good-humoured goose who can bring people together across campuses and advocate for us with the help of the innovative instincts befitting a UW-graduate-goose.

OrganizeUW Statement on UW Upates to TA Wage Proposal

A response to graduate student questions about uWaterloo's recent TA wage increase proposal that have arisen in light of subsequent communications from the UW Administration.

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 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