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Free Quarantine Packages - #WhyNotWaterloo?

The next blog post in our #WhyNotWaterloo series on the question What Difference Does a Union Make? examines quarantine packages for international students coming to the university 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.

Health & Safety Info and Short Survey

OrganizeUW is concerned that the uWaterloo administration is not communicating relevant health and safety information to graduate student workers and sessional instructors.

Campaign Endorsements

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

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.

Nov 24 Migrant Students United Day of Action: Support Migrant Students Facing Deportation

Thousands of migrant student workers face deportation if work permits are not made renewable immediately. Tomorrow, Nov. 24, 2020, students from Migrant Students United are holding a Day of Action to demand: renewable work permits, real access to PR, lower tuition & universal services, all work to be valued, family unity, and status for all. Actions include a petition, rally (Covid-safe), calling the Immigration Minister, and a TweetStorm. Grassroots student organizers of OrganizeUW stand in solidarity with the students of MSU. Please consider taking action to support international and migrant students, who are a vital part of our community at UW and in Canada as a whole.

International student issues #3 - Importance of a standardized work environment

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 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!

TA wages - #WhyNotWaterloo?

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.

How to sign a card (tutorial)

A step-by-step guide to the card signing process, with some helpful screenshots, tips and answers to common questions. It doesn't take long, but there are a couple of steps mandated by the Ontario Labour Board that need to be followed to ensure your card is “officially” counted.