More than 4,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) at the University of Washington started voting Monday on whether to authorize their union bargaining committee to call a strike if circumstances warrant. On Friday, April 17, the day fees and tuition are due, union members will stage a protest at Schmitz Hall on the UW Seattle campus to protest the university’s requirement that part of their wages get repaid in the form of student fees.
“The fact that the people that pay us then turn around and demand back nearly a full paycheck every year in mandatory fees is ridiculous,” says Anthony Castanza, Research Assistant in the UW School of Medicine. “No other employees have to do this. Then when they propose increasing the amount we’re forced to pay back even further, we’re taking a pay cut.”
Hundreds of ASEs and supporters are expected to surround Schmitz Hall with picket signs at 2 p.m. on Friday.