12/22/16 The call by Local 1488 and six other unions at the University of Washington to emphatically protect foreign students and students of color has gotten the attention of the UW president.
“There is a lot of fear right now and the university needs to ensure for their students, their staff and the patients that use these hospitals that this is going to be a safe place for them to come to,” Local 1488 President Paula Lukaszek said Dec. 15. “We are calling on the entire campus and the university administration to take additional steps now to keep all campus community members safe and ensure they know they are welcome.”
After the Dec. 15 press conference, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Jerry Baldasty this week responded to the union coalitions’ joint letter with specific actions the UW could take to make the campus a sanctuary.
Cauce and Baldasty wrote: “As a university committed to being an inclusive, diverse and welcoming place, we stand in solidarity with campus efforts to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community. This includes, but is in no way limited to, support for our students covered by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program) and support for community members facing discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status.”
Our 1488 members have always been committed to UW students and this is consistent with that tradition.