UW Emergency Management

May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 (Student Employee Protest)

Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate student employees, members of the UW Academic Student Employee Union (affiliated with UAW local 4121) conducted a daylong series of marches, protests and rallies on the Seattle campus. Utilizing the non-violent tactic of blocking key traffic and road intersections in/out of campus, the protesters were demanding increases in pay and benefits.  Many members of other UW unions supported the strike by not crossing the picket line, causing minor disruptions to other campus operations (i.e, food delivery, construction site access restrictions, etc…)  The AM and PM commutes were severely impacted on campus.  The EOC was activated at Level 3 to monitor and support the event.