UW: Be Fair! Give English Language Faculty a Fair Contract!
  • Petitioning Michael Young

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President, University of Washington
Michael Young
Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
David Szatmary

UW: Be Fair! Give English Language Faculty a Fair Contract!

    1. Petition by

      AFT Local 6486 - UW English Language Faculty

We are a group of University of Washington employees teaching English Language to matriculated and non-matriculated students. We are a dedicated and professional faculty, who are respected internationally with countless publications and presentations, and service to our field.  Some of us have worked in our department for over 30 years.

In 2011 we organized for collective bargaining rights and are a local with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

We have been in negotiations with the University of Washington since March 2012 to bargain our first contract. We have struggled to get the employer’s side to schedule meetings, engage in good faith bargaining, and take our concerns seriously.

Our proposals mostly maintain what we already do with a few rectifications to past inconsistencies. They also point the way forward to strengthen the department with an engaged, respected and committed faculty. 

To help us achieve settlement we requested mediation in September 2013. In response, the UW has declined the request and instead presented us with a ‘Last, Best and Final’ offer.

Their proposal

 - Takes away job security.
 - Has 70% of the faculty earning the minimum salary, even after over 15 years of service.
 - Continues the practice of paying less for the same work in summer.
 - Devalues experience and long-time contribution.
 - Harms our students, our field and the reputation of our university.

We are asking for a fair contract that

 - Invests in education and invests in the educators.
 - Provides job security.
 - Builds stability and a healthy workplace.
 - Promotes professionalism.
 - Rewards commitment.
 - Stops denying us what our peers have.

We are just asking the UW to Be Fair.  It’s not hard. 

Michael Young, President, University of Washington
David Szatmary, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
I am writing in support of the AFT-UW ELF, Local 6486. Please help ensure that the UW fulfills its stated commitment to building strong foundations for team-work in its relationship with its employees by providing English Language Faculty with a fair contract which recognizes their long standing commitment and contributions to the University of Washington.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Clark Gilman OLYMPIA, WA
      • 3 months ago

      A fair contract brings respect and dignity to the faculty. Respected faculty do a better job. It's becoming increasingly important to help students gain competence in English as a common language for academic discourse. Please offer a fair contract.

    • Michael Metu RENTON, WA
      • 8 months ago

      They have been fighting for almsot 2 years. ridiculous! uw needs to step it up

    • Alice Keller SHORELINE, WA
      • 8 months ago

      I have a MATESL degree from UW; I taught ESL for a year at UW as a TA. (I later became a tenured faculty member at N. Seattle Comm. College.) The English Language faculty deserves respect and the fair contract they are asking for.

    • Kristopher Gutierrez SEATTLE, WA
      • 8 months ago

      Everyone should be heard, and adults with like adults.

    • Helen Barler EVERETT, WA
      • 8 months ago

      As a University of Washington employee (Harborview Medical Center), I feel strongly that UW should maintain its position as the premier educational institution in the Pacific Northwest by retaining the top professionals, which can not be done without fair compensation.


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