- What is the Union?
- Can international workers participate in the Union?
- What if I have a problem at work?
- Can I get involved?
- Are there other Academic Student Employee unions?
UAW Local 4123 is is the union representing Academic Student Employees – Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, & Instructional Student Assistants – at the 23 campuses of the California State University. We negotiate a collective bargaining agreement (contract) that sets out the pay and benefits, and the rights and protections of every Academic Student Employee (ASE) that works at UC. We are affiliated with the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. The UAW represents over 20,000 ASEs, including at University of California (UC).
International scholars have the same rights as US citizens to join and participate in the Union. In many years of representing international student workers at CSU and elsewhere, no one has reported any complications in their status from unionizing. The UAW advocates for international workers to be able to freely choose their employment and opposes employer control over the H1-B visa.
If you have a concern, problem, or question about any aspect of your work, you are advised to contact the Union immediately before trying to resolve the issue so that you get the best possible advice and are sure to preserve your rights under a fair grievance procedure. One of the Union’s primary functions is enforcing what we won in the contract, which means representing ASEs at all steps of the grievance procedure, including informal discussions. If anyone is treated unfairly, we work with them to remedy the situation and make sure their rights are being protected.
Yes, the Union works through the participation of its members. Contact us to find out how you can get involved in building our Union.
Yes, thousands of Academic Student Employees (ASEs) have unionized around the U.S. In addition to the CSU, the UAW represents ASEs at other Universities, including the University of California.