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U of Washington Librarians Hold 1-Day Strike

October 14, 2022

University of Washington librarians held a one-day strike Thursday, The Seattle Times reported.

The librarians, represented by the Service Employees International Union, said their wages are too low and that the university is taking too long to negotiate a contract. Contract negotiations have been going on for a year.

Chelsea Nesvig, a librarian and member of the contract action team, said university officials have not been responding to many of the union’s proposals, including on issues such as pay and promotions.

A university spokesman said there have been 26 negotiating sessions so far and that another will take place in a week.

“The University of Washington values and respects our library personnel and we are surprised by the decision to strike for one day while we are in the midst of good-faith negotiations,” university spokesperson Victor Balta said. “The UW will continue to negotiate in good faith to reach a fair agreement. We have also requested formal mediation.”

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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