University of Washington academic student employees – teaching assistants, research assistants and the like – recently formulated their “initial bargaining demands” for union negotiations with the school and are putting them out for a vote to the entire membership.
Beyond the call for wages above Seattle’s new $15 minimum and zero-cost healthcare premiums, the union members have some unusual demands:
Forming a process to address issues of microaggressions campuswide and providing information and training on these issues to all UW Faculty and ASE’s;
Providing access to genderless bathrooms, and working towards bathroom equity in access to already existing gendered bathrooms …
It’s not clear from this list of demands how pervasive “microaggressions” are at UW.
The Daily only has five hits on “microaggression,” including an editorial endorsement of a student government candidate whose wants to “combat microaggressions” and a professor who argues that favoritism to one’s own group – rather than hostility to others – forms the majority of discrimination.
Also not clear what the “genderless bathroom” demand entails – new gender-neutral facilities, conversion of multi-stall gendered facilities, or some special access to private single-stall facilities for transgender students.
It seems more convenient to simply convert all multi-stall restrooms to genderless facilities if women want more places to do their business.
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