Graduate Student Employees Action Coalition/United Auto Workers unionizing collection, 2000-2001

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington. Libraries. Special Collections Division
Graduate Student Employees Action Coalition/United Auto Workers unionizing collection
2000-2001 (inclusive)
1 vertical file
Collection Number
6534 (Accession No. 6534-001)
Materials collected in relation to a graduate student teaching assistants unionizing effort at the University of Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

The UAW Local 4121 represents academic student employees who work as teaching assistants, research assistants, graders, and tutors.

Organizing began in the winter of 1998. A year later, members decided to affiliate with the United Autoworkers of America which had recently won a long recognition campaign at the University of California. By Spring 2000, the union had collected signed authorization cards from 80 percent of the teaching assistants, readers, and tutors on campus. In June 2001, the union staged a dramatic two week strike that disrupted end-of-the-quarter grading. In early 2002, the Legislature, under heavy pressure to avoid another confrontation, passed a measure extending collective bargaining rights to academic student employees. Later that year the union negotiated its first contract with UW.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Flyers, emails, ephemera, and clippings related to the unionization of graduate teaching assistants at the University of Washington in 2001.

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Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Collected by University of Washington Special Collections staff, 2001

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Subject Terms

  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • University of Washington.¬†University Archives