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U of Washington Postdocs Form Union

May 14, 2018

Postdoctoral researchers at the University of Washington voted to form a union affiliated with United Auto Workers, they announced Friday. More than 700 of the campus’s 1,100 postdocs participated in the election, with 89 percent of unchallenged ballots being cast in favor of unionization, according to the union.

Postdoc unions remain relatively rare. In Washington, the university previously argued that some 40 percent of postdocs should not be included in the union. Yet it said it wouldn’t stand in the way of a vote after a March protest by hundreds of researchers, according to The Seattle Times. The university maintained that 130 positions should not be included in the union and planned to challenge only those votes.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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