Latest Solidarity Issue

UAW: Uniting Academic Workers

"By unionizing and empowering ourselves through collective bargaining, we addressed issues that were fundamental to our working conditions like pay inequity, low salaries, discrimination, child care and health care benefits."
"We succeeded, even though it was a tough fight to get a union. Today, today workers at Columbia have far superior wages and working conditions as a result of unionizing."

Maida Rosenstein, President,
UAW Local 2110


The UAW is the union of choice for more than 40,000 workers at America’s colleges and universities.

The UAW’s long and strong experience in organizing, bargaining and political action has brought important results for a wide variety of workers at institutions of higher education including:  

  • Pay raises
  • Improved health care benefits
  • Fee and tuition waivers
  • Child care assistance
  • Job security

Is the UAW the right union for you? Many workers in higher education have decided the answer is YES, including:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Research assistants
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Full-time faculty
  • Administrators
  • Clerical and support staff
  • Technical staff
  • Maintenance workers
  • Tutors, readers and graders
  • Resident assistants

UAW members are workers at a variety of locations coast-to-coast, from New York’s Columbia University to California State University, from Oberlin College in Ohio to Wayne State University in Detroit, from the University of Washington to the University of Massachusetts.

Higher education workers are organizing in response to tighter budgets, increased workloads and a reliance on part-time and contingent employees by colleges and universities.