Despite the fact that international students make up [over 50%](https://uwaterloo.ca/performance-indicators/students/international-students) 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 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 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!
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.
Sara, a student organizer, was recently interviewed by Ariel Deutschmann from KitchenerToday.com, for her article ["Graduate students from UW plan to unionize"](https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/graduate-students-from-uw-plan-to-unionize-2693305). They chatted about digital organizing during a pandemic, our goal to improve working and learning conditions at UW, and how unionization works. This blog post not only includes some snippets from the full KT article, but also has the latest updates from the drive, some thoughts on being an organizer, and a preview of what's to come in the Fall semester.