working environment

Student-worker organizing is surging on campuses across Canada (Story|The Breach)

This article in The Breach powerfully shows how the cost-of-living crisis, alongside long-standing mistreatment of student workers, are inspiring student-workers across Canada to unionize - in UBC, SFU, Dalhousie, and of course, our movement in UW.

OrganizeUW Aims to Unionize TAs RAs and Lecturers at UW (Story|The Community Edition)

The Community Edition profiles Organize UW, with organizers explaining the motivation and current state of the drive, as well as the precarity, cost-of-living crisis, and neglect pushing us to organize for a better workplace.

'I'm a TA... so what?' (Opinion|Imprint)

Three graduate student organizers just published an Op-Ed in Imprint, the UWaterloo student newspaper, in which they discuss an important question: 'Does UW have a Teaching Assistant problem?' (Spoiler alert - the answer is yes). click here to read an excerpt and the link to the full opinion piece!

LEARNING, LABOUR, AND LEGISLATION: Unionisation and how the government affects student workers (Opinion|Imprint)

An editorial by OrganizeUW volunteer Nolan Shaw in Imprint, Waterloo's campus newspaper, describes the impacts of anti-labor legislation on sessionals and student workers - and what we can do to resist these anti-worker and undemocratic actions.

Why University of Waterloo Workers Need a Union (Story|Passage)

This article in Passage shows why we need a union in Waterloo! Volunteer worker organizers describe the conditions that inspired OrganizeUW, the challenges - and the creative solutions - around organizing during remote learning, and the catastrophic impacts the pandemic has had on student workers and sessional instructors.

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.

Why OrganizeUW?

Why did we start a union drive to organize teaching and research assistants at University of Waterloo and what do we hope to achieve?