Over the last year, the leadership at the University of Washington and UW Medicine has presided over a series of labor disputes, including a strike by Graduate Student Teaching and Research Assistants in May, protests over the planned closure of one of our region's only publicly-operated Psychiatric Wards at UW Medical Center, negotiations that have dragged out almost two years for English Language extension lecturers, and management opposition to unionization drives by radio staff at KUOW, was well as Post-Doctoral researchers.

In October, classified staff members of AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) voted overwhelmingly to reject the University's last contract proposal, which offered union members low raises of 2 percent that do not keep pace with King County's skyrocketing costs of living. In early November, the University's management announced its decision to close the UW Medicine Consolidated Laundry, which will put 100 union members out of work, 90 percent of whom are immigrant workers of color. In response to these developments, WFSE Local 1488 and 3488 members are planning for possible strike activities.


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