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 #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

Masks Are Here! Get Yours at Waterloo Park

Come by Waterloo park and grab an OrganizeUW mask, talk to a couple of grad student organizers (socially distanced, of course), and sign a union card if you'd like to but haven't already!

Name this clever goose!

Not every goose on the UWaterloo campus is this clever. Our goose knows that TAs, RAs, and Instructors need a strong voice for fairness, better working conditions, and safety on campus. That’s why hundreds have decided to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

工会 101

Mandarin translation of this page on the steps we have to go through to get a union for academic workers at uWaterloo.

Campaign Updates & Thoughts on Being an Organizer (News|KitchenerToday.com)

Sara, a student organizer, was recently interviewed by Ariel Deutschmann for a KitchenerToday.com article about unionizing, digital organizing during a pandemic, and our goal to improve working (and therefore learning) conditions at UW.

Click for an article with some more background about Sara and her experience as an organizer, updates on campaign successes so far, and information on upcoming events for the Fall semester.

"UW graduate workers launch campaign to unionize" (News|The Record)

Our campaign was covered yesterday in The Record! In it, Sophia, a student organizer, is interviewed by reporter Leah Gerber on why she joined the campaign, what we hope to achieve, and why now is the right time to unionize. Here are a few highlights, and be sure to check out the whole article!

The results are in!

Late last month we told you about an important vote coming up on July 24th at the UW-GSA Council. Well, the results are in! Council voted in favour of the GSA supporting student-led unionization efforts. Read on to find out more!

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 this form and an electronic card will be sent to you.

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