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

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.
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

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.

Campaign Endorsements

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

"First major victory of CUPE unionization efforts: University of Waterloo responds with 32 per cent wage increase"

(PRESS RELEASE) In a clear response to unionization efforts, the University of Waterloo (UW) has provided notice that it will raise wages for graduate student workers from $33.89 to $45 an hour. The move would bring wages for UW teaching assistants up to sector-wide norms, although they would still lag on total compensation relative to peers at other universities.

"On the road to unionization for academic workers at the University of Waterloo" (Interview|CKMS Radio Waterloo)

In a new segment, organizers chat with Shalaka Jadhav of CKMS Radio about the latest on the organizing drive, why UW academic workers want and need a union, positive reactions and momentum, the experience of digital organizing, keeping our eyes on the prize in the face of anti-union tactics, and more. The discussion focuses in particular on key questions about why the drive is important to the local community, impacts and benefits it could bring, and connections to conditions and changes in society more broadly. Check out the show to hear more!

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