Sessional Instructors

UPDATE: Sessionals have Voted to Unionize!

In December, sessional instructors at UW voted overwhelmingly to unionize. This has been certified by the labour board.

This was truly a team effort - from the group of UW academic workers who met with union organizers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) a couple of years ago, to the many OrganizeUW volunteers and supporters who have contributed since then in so many important ways, to all the Sessional Instructors who voted in an overwhelming majority to unionize – what an incredible achievement!

What’s next?

Stay tuned for details of a celebration of Sessionals’ new union and the scheduling of their first union meeting. Once Sessionals have had their first union meeting and elected their union leadership, we’ll have more news to share.

In the meantime, we ask all Sessionals who are not getting updates to their personal / non-UW email address to please email us at It’s very important for all Sessionals to have access to these updates and union meeting notices.

Please also join us in thanking the GSA for their continued support of OrganizeUW. The GSA’s endorsement and ongoing support of our collective work is invaluable.

Lastly, let’s continue to build on our collective success by supporting the ongoing work of OrganizeUW with TAs and RAs. We look forward to the day when TAs and RAs join Sessionals as unionized workers. To that end, we’re always looking for new Organizers and there truly is a role for everyone. We’d love to hear from you at