Professional Staff Organization


April 11, 2023

2023 DEI Forum Inspiring Belonging and Creating Community

The quad is buzzing with tourists, the cherry blossoms have bloomed, and April has officially arrived. The Professional Staff Organization is looking forward to welcoming Husky students, staff, and faculty to join the PSO for the 2023 Annual DEI Forum this Spring. This year is focused on inspiring belonging and creating community. Rickey Hall, Vice…

January 17, 2023

Resources to navigate a work-life balance

The PSO Board sometimes hears from professional staff needing extra assistance navigating difficult work situations. Here are some important resources you should know about: When communicating with your supervisor regarding your job performance, expectations or responsibilities become unproductive, and you feel your concerns are not being heard, who should you turn to?  After your manager your…

January 13, 2023

Tent City 3 at UW Seattle during Winter Quarter

Tent City 3 (TC3), a self-managed community of homeless individuals, will be staying at the UW Seattle campus until March 19, 2023. TC3 arrived in mid-December 2022 and are camped at Parking Lot E21, between the Husky Stadium and Waterfront Activities Center. TC3 has stayed at UW twice before – in 2017 & 2021. You can…

Reminder: Annual Attendance Incentive Program

Each January, the Annual Attendance Incentive Program allows UW employees whose sick time off balances exceed 480 hours as of January 1 to be compensated at 25% value for any accrued and unused sick time off accumulated during the previous calendar year. The Annual Attendance Incentive Program is ONLY available during the month of January. 

November 14, 2022

PSO Board Member Spotlight: Sean C. Thomas

Why I Joined the PSO Board Sean C. Thomas I “officially” joined UW in January 2020 and my office is located in downtown Seattle.  I had only been to campus (Health Science) once before COVID-19 transitioned the majority of us to working from home.  If I was not feeling disconnected from the greater UW community…

September 12, 2022

Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) before Oct 31

Are you an UW employee with student loans? Due to a temporary waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, you have until Oct 31, 2022 to take advantage of a temporary rule change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. You may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balances after making 120 payments while…

February 14, 2022

PSO memo on unionizing efforts of Research Scientists and Engineers (RSEs)

As many have likely already heard, there is an effort underway by the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 4121 to organize UW’s research scientists and engineers (RSEs). Those organizing this effort filed notice and shared their petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission on January 3, 2022. UAW 4121, which also represents UW’s teaching and…

February 9, 2022

2022 Legislative Town Halls (virtual & phone)

Date Time District Members Location 02/16 6:00pm-7:00pm 32nd Senator Jesse Salomon, Reps. Cindy Ryu & Lauren Davis Facebook: Youtube: 02/16 7:00pm-8:00pm 44th Senator John Lovick, Reps. April Berg & Brandy Donaghy Facebook: / Youtube: 02/17 5:30pm-6:30pm 1st Senator Derek Stanford, Reps. Shelley Kloba & Davina Duerr Facebook: Youtube: 02/17 6:30pm-7:30pm 28th Reps. Mari…

December 12, 2021

End of 2021 benefits updates and reminders

Since 2021 is drawing to a close, it’s a good time to review your UW retirement benefits. We are sharing the Annual Benefits Letter from the Faculty Council on Benefits and Retirement (FBCR).  It’s packed with good links and information that is relevant to professional staff. Below, we highlight a few upcoming benefit changes and…

PSO Legislative Preview Recap

On November 17, the PSO hosted its annual Legislative Session Preview, with guest speaker Joe Dacca, UW Director of State Relations. Over 100 people joined in to hear Dacca share the University’s legislative agenda and take questions. An important highlight is that compensation is the University’s top agenda item for the coming legislative session that…

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