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Earth Day Rally for UW Employee U-Pass
April 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
It’s Earth Day! Join us for a rally and press conference asking the University of Washington to step up and be a climate leader.
It’s time for the UW to join other major institutions in Seattle and King County in providing fully-subsidized transit passes to all their employees. We want UW to be a climate leader and a transit champion, not a low-road employer. We’re asking UW to do the right thing and provide full transit benefits for all UW employees starting July 1, 2019.
For over a year UW employees and community allies have been working together to push the UW to provide fully-subsidized transit passes for all employees. Incentivizing public transit will reduce carbon emissions and pollution, make streets safer, ease gridlock, and free up parking for U-District neighbors — all matters of increasing urgency as the UW begins a massive expansion that will add thousands of commute trips every day.
We are making progress! The UW has agreed in union negotiations to provide fully-subsidized transit passes to over 10,000 employees starting July 1, 2019. This is around half of the UW’s Seattle workforce. We believe that all UW employees deserve this benefit. So, now we are asking the UW to extend this policy to cover all employees by July 1, 2019.