OrganizeUW News

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.

Going "Beyond the Bulletin" (Interview|UW Daily Bulletin Podcast)

OrganizeUW was featured recently on Episode 62 - “Grad Union, COVID Tracing, America Votes” of Beyond the Bulletin, UW's weekly campus affairs podcast, including an interview with a student organizer and discussion of the OrganizeUW campaign! The Interview begin at about ~9:30, but please check out the whole episode!

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 the steps we have to go through to get a union for academic workers at uWaterloo.

The latest from OrganizeUW: Fall 2020 semester preview, reflections on organizing, and more (Interview|KitchenerToday.com)

Sara, a student organizer, was recently interviewed by Ariel Deutschmann from KitchenerToday.com, for her article “Graduate students from UW plan to unionize”. 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.

"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! GSA votes to support OrganizeUW

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!

"Union efforts by UW Grad students face first vote" (News|Imprint)

Our campaign was featured recently in a news article in Imprint by Nicola Rose. It discusses an upcoming vote at the GSA (including how to contact your Councillor!), a response from UW administration, and more. Here are a few highlights, and be sure to check out the full article!