Professional Staff Organization


March 17, 2023

NEW! Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Excellence Award

By Leyla Salmassi, PSO DEI Committee Member and PSO Past President, and Tiana R. Cole & Russell Hugo, PSO DEI Committee Members. We’re pleased to announce the 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Excellence Award which seeks to highlight Professional Staff currently working at the University of Washington at our Seattle, Tacoma or Bothell…

March 14, 2023

Research Scientists/Engineers A-4 vote yes in strike authorization vote

UW Research Scientists/Engineers A-4 have been negotiating with members of UW’s bargaining committee since August for their first contract.  In February, the union hosted a strike authorization which concluded with 959 total votes cast, and 91.7% of voting Research Scientists/Engineers A-4 voting Yes, demonstrating a super majority of represented RSEs support the UWRU bargaining unit…

February 27, 2023

Faculty Contributions to DEI: Discussions with Legal Scholar Dr. Brian Soucek

Hosted by the Faculty Council on Race, Equity & Justice Friday March 3, 2023  |  Foege Auditorium  |  11:00am –  12:20pm Diversity statements, which are increasingly used in faculty hiring and promotion, often generate confusion and consternation. Dr. Brian Soucek, a leading voice in the use of diversity statements in academia, will explore the issues….

October 28, 2022

PSO Legislative Preview 11/9 12:30 HUB 250

Join us for our annual PSO Legislative Preview with featured speaker Joe Dacca, the UW Director of State Relations. It will take place on Wednesday, November 9th at 12:30 in HUB 250. Beverages will be provided.

August 11, 2022

Research Scientist A-4 union update

Following the vote in June to approve the petition to be represented by the UW Researchers United union (UWRU), the approximately 1,450 Research Scientist Engineer Assistants and RSEs 1-4 (RSE A-4s) were placed in a status of “dynamic status quo.”  Dynamic status quo is a legal measure to ensure that workers cannot be penalized or…

August 8, 2022

LinkedIn Learning benefit

Reminder! As a UW employee you get access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand video learning platform for enhancing professional, personal, and academic skills. Learn more about LinkedIn Learning and log in with your UW credentials at  

May 27, 2022

2022 Wrap up: Election Results and Accomplishments

2022 Wrap up: As the academic year closes, we wanted to reflect with our community on what the PSO has been up to. First, a note on transitions: Board members whose tenures are ending include officers Leyla Salmassi, President; Jen Davison, Vice President; and Kat Eli, Secretary; as well as Board members Annette Anderson, Keavy…

April 22, 2022

A guided conversation with Resmaa Menakem

Please join a guided conversation with Resmaa Menakem on May 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm(PDT) Over the past several months, a small group of UW faculty and staff have been reading this powerful book together to deepen our understanding of racial trauma and healing. This group culminates this time by inviting Resmaa Menakem to engage with the…

April 6, 2022

Final State Budget Includes Most Compensation Funding in a Decade

The budget passed by the legislature and signed by the governor allows for merit increases of 3.25%, of which 58% is funded by state support and the remaining is funded by anticipated tuition revenue. The 58% share paid by the state is the largest portion covered by the state in over a decade. For a…

March 11, 2022

2022 Legislative Session Adjourns

The Washington State Legislature adjourned Thursday, March 10th. The Legislature made major investments in compensation for faculty and staff and increased the share that the state pays towards salaries vs local University money, also known as the “fund split.” Keep an eye out on the State Relations Blog, and the Office of Planning & Budgeting…

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