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Scholarships awarded should be scholarships paid - #WhyNotWaterloo?

The next blog post in our ongoing series tackles the issue of unfair pay practices. This spring, UW announced a TA pay raise from $33.89 to $45/hour. But because it engages in scholarship clawbacks to offset such increases, as a grad TAs you will very likely see *zero* increase, or even a slight *reduction*, in your take home pay. But did you know that grads at other universities get to keep their scholarship pay regardless of their work? So #WhyNotWaterloo? This unfair, exploitative, and potentially illegal practice doesn’t happen where TAs have a union. Read on to learn more and find out how you can take action to protect your pay raise from university clawbacks.

UW working conditions creating mental health crisis for graduate students (Story|insideWaterloo)

OrganizeUW calls out the University of Waterloo with new survey data suggesting graduate students are doing much worse now than before the start of the pandemic

Free Quarantine Packages - #WhyNotWaterloo?

The next blog post in our #WhyNotWaterloo series -- which explores the difference a union *really* makes -- examines quarantine packages for international students coming to UW in January 2021. Did you know that graduate TAs at other Ontario universities are able to quarantine through their university for free, whereas UW is charging over $1000? But #WhyNotWaterloo? Read on to find out more.

International student issues #4 - Gaining protections against tuition increases

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 policies that directly impact them. 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 #3 - Importance of a standardized work environment

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 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!

Better TA wages - #WhyNotWaterloo?

Our new series considers the question of what difference does a union *really* make? In other words, how does working as a TA, RA or Sessional 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.

Sep. 2020 update: KitchenerToday.com, fall semester preview, reflections on organizing

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.