On March 4th, nearly 1000 students, workers and community members came out to declare a definitive NO! to the budget cuts that affect all of us. We were bold and united, inspired by one another’s presence, and felt our collective power on the streets!
~ UW annual tuition will increase by 30% in 2 years. This will make the university less accessible for working class students and students of color. We will be taking out more student loans that take a lifetime to pay back.
~800 workers were laid off by the UW in 2009. More will follow this year.
~In April 2010, the UAW, representing Teaching and Research Assistants are negotiating their contract with the UW. 600 TAs may lose their jobs. Our TAs work conditions are our learning condition! We need to demand SMALL CLASS SIZES so we don’t end up paying MORE for LESS
~State workers’ healthcare is slated to be cut by $ 220 million this year. Healthcare premiums will double, and out-of-pocket maximums will increase from $ 2000 to $ 7500 per person. This is more than a $5000 increase
All this time, the top administrators continue to make big salaries WELL above
$150, 000 without taking pay cuts; and the WA state legislature refuses to
TAX THE RICH
We did not create this crisis. We should not pay for it with our futures and our health. In solidarity with teaching and research assistants, students, custodians and state workers:
The Strike committee meets every Thurs. email us at UWStudentWorkerCoalition@gmail.com