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Making Science Work for All: Organized labor and removing barriers to diversity

  • Loew Hall Rm 115 3920 East Stevens Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98105 United States (map)


Please join Seattle 500 Women Scientists and UW Postdocs United  on July 6! 

Making Science Work for All

Organized labor and removing barriers to diversity

Organized labor has proven to be a powerful tool for improving accessibility and inclusivity in science. Over the last few decades, graduate students at several dozen universities (including the UW) have unionized, and four institutions now have formal postdoc unions. These unions successfully fight for better employment conditions – including fair wages, parental leave, and protection against discrimination and harassment – that will make science a viable career path for all.

Join us on July 6th, 12-1 pm, Room 115 Loew Hall, University of Washington to hear from union leaders how their unions work to increase diversity in science:

  • Anke Schennink is the President of the University of California Union of Postdocs (UAW 5810), which recently negotiated four weeks of paid parental leave

  • Theresa Aliwarga is on the Executive Board of the Union of Academic Employees at the UW (UAW 4121), where she fights for protection of international students

  • Louisa Edgerly is an organizer with SEIU Local 925. She first got involved in the labor movement as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University, and is a former member of UAW 4121 when she was a grad student at the University of Washington

In addition, postdocs from UW Postdocs United will share experiences from their ongoing union-drive. We invite you to bring your questions and thoughts for a lively discussion on labor and inclusivity!

If you plan to come, please fill out this tentative R.S.V.P. form.  R.S.V.P. not required to attend.

Questions? Contact Hannah Gelman (hannah.gelman [at] gmail dot com) or Michelle Tigchelaar (tigchelaar.m [at] gmail dot com)

**Please share with your networks! All are welcome.**