WSU and UAW Contract Ratified for Academic Student Employees

See Collective Bargaining Agreement (Tentative Agreement) for details.
WSU and the UAW are partnering on implementation actions. Additional information information forthcoming.

The United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 4121 (UAW), have been chosen as union representative by a selection of Academic Student Employees at Washington State University (WSU). WSU and the UAW are preparing to begin negotiations to establish an initial Collective Bargaining Agreement (Contract) that will cover the Academic Student Employees within the Bargaining Unit.

Bargaining Unit

Bargaining Unit 23 – Academic Student Employees

All employees enrolled in academic programs and employed by the Washington State University in the following classifications: Graduate Teaching Assistant; Graduate Staff Assistant; Graduate Project Assistant; Graduate Veterinary Assistant; Tutor, Reader and/or Grader in all academic units and tutoring centers; Graduate Research Assistant, and any other student employees whose duties and responsibilities are substantially equivalent to those employees in the described positions; excluding students who have incidental or no service expectancy imposed upon them by the employer, casual employees, confidential employees, supervisors, employees covered under chapter 41.76 RCW, employees included in any other bargaining unit, and all other employees.

Summary of Agreement

This summary is provided by the Employer in accordance with RCW 43.88.583. Please note that this is a summary only, and is not intended to be a substitute for reviewing the complete contract.

Category: Higher Education
Bargaining Unit Members:
Approximately 1500 known as of February 1, 2024
Biennium: Contract period
2024-2026  within 2023-2025 and 2025-2027 bienniums
Agreement Status:
Article 39
Budget Information:  
2024 Supplemental Budget   
Base Compensation:
Article 35.1, 35.3
Overtime Pay: N/A
Other Compensation:
Assistantship – Pay based on position location Article 35.1.1 Assistantship -Education/Experience Article 35.1.2 Temporary/hourly Article 35.3
Paid Leave: Articles 28, Article 30
Cash Out:
N/A Vacation and Sick leave (no cash out)
Temporary Layoff:
Article 20, Appendix A
Bargaining Units Covered:
BU 23
Supplemental Agreements:
Provisions to Allow Reopening:
Article 1.3, Article 35.7, Appendix A3

Union Representatives

PO Box #665
Pullman, WA 99163

Phone: (206) 633-6080

David Parsons – International Representative


Bargaining Unit 23 – Academic Student Employees

Other Resources

Business Polices and Procedures Manual (BPPM)
Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC)
WSU Graduate School Policies and Procedures

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