Labor issues at the University of Washington extend far beyond the classroom. The university is home to a number of organizations dedicated to connecting academia and workers while advocating for change, from labor unions to student groups.


Campus Unions

UAW Local 4121

UAW Local 4121 is the Union for 4,500 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Staff Assistants, Readers/Graders, Tutors, and Fellows and Trainees doing similar work – at the University of Washington. In addition to negotiating and enforcing important workplace improvements for ASEs at UW, UAW Local 4121 members fight for social and economic justice on campus and in the community through participation in a broad range of organizations and struggles.


Student Groups

United Students Against Sweatshops

For 20 years, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) has leveraged the purchasing power of our universities to force companies to respect the rights of workers both locally on campus and abroad in garment factories where collegiate apparel is produced. We also believe that students, as current and future workers, should have access to quality education and be equipped with the skills needed to advocate for themselves.


Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán at the University of Washington is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, & historia.


Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights is a student group at the University of Washington dedicated to equal rights and justice for the Palestinian people.

Huskies for Food Justice

The Huskies for Food Justice (formerly known as Husky Real Food Challenge) is a registered student organization dedicated to working with Housing and Food Services (HFS), students, and faculty to provide ecologically sustainable, locally sourced, humanely and fairly produced food to students on campus in HFS dining facilities.

UW Sustainability Action Network

The UW Sustainability Action Network is a collaborative campus network that engages and empowers diverse perspectives in pursuit of sustainability in our environment, society, government, and economy.


Latest News

June 24, 2022

Earlier this month, the University of Washington wrapped up the first year of its new Building a Movement (BAM) internship program .

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January 14, 2022

The UW Custodian Project was begun in March 2020 by daughter of UW custodians and recent UW MPH and MSW graduate, Evalynn Fae Taganna Romano.

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October 28, 2019

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Beginning as a car-ride conversation between/ two University of Washington students and taking shape over the course of a...

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October 22, 2019

Researched, compiled and published by undergraduates, the publication overviews the rich history of activism and collective struggle at the University of Washington.

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June 12, 2018

On May 18 and 19th MEChA held its 21st Annual Adelante Con Educacion (ACE) Conference at UW....

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March 27, 2018

On February 22nd, undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando was invited by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies to speak at...

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February 26, 2018
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER) celebrates Palestine Awareness Week in which they hosted various events on campus to bring awareness to the Apartheid...
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February 13, 2018

The Bridges Center’s Labor Studies Student Association (LSSA) has gotten off to an active start in 2018. The interdepartmental graduate student organization meets...

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February 07, 2018

On February 1st, multiple MEChA Chapters from the Alto Pacifco region took action on their campuses, discussing immigration reform.

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