Q1: Who is eligible to become a member of the WTU?

A: Full-time faculty members (Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors and Teachers), other Professors, Academic Staff (without tenure), Assistant Professors (without tenure), Researchers, Research Associates and Research Associates (for a research project) are eligible to become a member, while President, Executive Board members, Senior Deans, Undergraduate Deans, Deans, Library Directors, School Principals, and Board of Trustees members are not eligible.



Q2: How is the WTU organized?

A: The WTU consists of the headquarters (Executive Committee, Secretariat and Special Departments) and twelve faculty-/school-based works sections. Daily union operations are organized by the Executive Committee in line with policies adopted in general assemblies and Central Committee meetings. The Secretariat is in charge of handling daily paper work related to union activities and supports the Executive Committee.


A: 1979年4月に結成された、東京私大教連(東京地区私立大学教職員組合連合)に加盟し、首都圏の各私大教職員組合と連帯・協力し、情報交換や私大の教職員組合運動を進めています。東京私大教連は、大学の自治と学問の自由を守り、教育・研究を活性化するために教育研究集会やシンポジウムの開催、私大助成運動や専断的な大学運営をなくし、民主的な大学づくりをめざす運動にも取り組み、労働基本権の確立と教職員の権利擁護のための取り組みを進めています。

Q3: What organization does the WTU belong to mainly?

A: The WTU is a member of the Tokyo Federation of Private University Faculty and Staff Unions, which was established in April 1979, and is working in cooperation and coordination with faculty and staff unions of other private universities in the Tokyo metropolitan area to promote information sharing and joint activities between different private university unions. The federation works to protect the autonomy and academic freedom of universities and stimulate their educational and research activities, for example by hosting education and research meetings and symposiums and facilitating the further democratization of universities by campaigning for greater government subsidies for private universities and making university management less arbitrary, while taking initiatives to ensure that the basic labor rights are met and that other rights for university faculty and staff members are protected.







Q4: What advantages can one gain from becoming a member of the WTU?

A: As with the research activities and findings of faculty members, it is difficult to instantly show the financial advantages that can be gained by joining the WTU.
The WTU can negotiate the working conditions for faculty members on an equal footing with the Executive Board of the university to improve them. In this regard, it is very different in nature from other university organizations such as the Faculty Committees and academic councils. The WTU has been submitting requests to the Executive Board to improve the working conditions for faculty members, such as salaries, allowances and benefits, through “shunto” spring collective bargaining and by other means, and carrying out negotiations. As a result, it has made gradual but steady improvements. At the same time, it has been fighting against the deterioration of working conditions by highlighting the unreasonableness of downgraded conditions when there are substantial declines in working conditions and by endeavoring to maintain and improve the conditions to prevent them from worsening. In addition, the WTU is working to improve the education and research environments for faculty members through collective bargaining regarding the conditions for education and research.

Recent achievements

◯Salaries and allowances:
-Improvement of the family allowance system (increased child-rearing allowances) and implementation of a transitional measure following the abolition of the spousal benefits (2016)
-Special lump-sum payments to full-time faculty and staff members (2018)
-Improvement of salaries for faculty and staff members who are working part-time or without tenure (2015, 2016 and 2017)

◯Working conditions:
-Expansion of target campus areas and relaxation of payment requirements for private commuter cars (2017)
-Relaxation of requirements for the use of Shinkansen to and from Honjō-Waseda Station (2017)

◯Welfare benefits:
-Implementation of a transitional measure following the abolition of the university pension scheme
-Expansion of the scope of application of a special measure concerning nursing care and child care when working on weekends (to cover admission-related work) (2017)
-Expansion of eligibility for the home help assistance system (2018)

Individual WTU members are granted access to a wide range of information not only about their working conditions but also about welfare benefits, life planning, and so on. The WTU also offers congratulatory and condolence payments to members in accordance with its own regulations. Furthermore, when members are in need of professional legal advice or have any concerns at work, they can consult lawyers contracted as the WTU’s legal advisors.




Q5: Can faculty and staff members, or their unions, become involved in the development of work regulations and other conditions?

A: The Executive Board of Waseda University is not allowed to make unilateral decisions on working conditions for faculty or staff members of the university and is required to negotiate with the WTU and WSU, so that collective labor agreements can be signed with the university regarding matters that have been agreed upon. (As decisions concerning working conditions form part of the work regulations, it is necessary to report to the Labor Standards Supervision Office in order to revise them. Since this requires the university to submit a written opinion created by a majority representative, a majority union or a person representing a majority of the workers, the WTU and WSU jointly selects and recommends a person to represent a majority of the workers.)

For some matters, the WTU not only submits written opinions about the work regulations but also exchanges memorandums or letters of confirmation with the Executive Board of the university regarding the conclusions of negotiations and other necessary information. Recent achievements include confirming the addition of clear definitions of the work duties and roles of faculty members; confirming that introducing a discretionary working system for professional work in the revised work regulations does not mean that it will be used as a faculty evaluation system; and confirming that the recent establishment of work regulations for the Senior High Schools will not make any difference to the research conditions for the teachers of the schools and that they will remain the same.



Q6: Does collective bargaining mean that the WTU can take some radical action?

A: Collective bargaining is a legitimate action permitted by the Labor Union Act. It is not a violent activity. It merely involves negotiating with the university based on a written request and having reasonable talks with the Executive Board of the university. While the Executive Committee of the WTU is in charge of these negotiations, all members are allowed to participate and express their opinions.
The WTU does not always oppose what the Executive Board intends to do; we cooperate with them when necessary and seek to hold constructive discussions.






Q7: What is the labor bank and ZENROSAI?

A: The labor bank (ROKIN) is the only welfare financial institution that is financed by labor unions and consumers’ cooperative (co-ops) and is targeted at fellow workers and their families. While it is a financial institution like other banks, it does not operate for profit (and is legally prohibited from doing so) and implements financial activities that focus on its members’ welfare. If you join the WTU, you will be eligible to use low-interest loan products offered by ROKIN, such as those for houses, cars and education. Another advantage is that the interest rate can be further reduced depending on your usage of ROKIN, e.g. payroll account and asset-building savings.

Official website of ROKIN (Chuo Labour Bank)

The official name of ZENROSAI is “National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives.” It is one of those non-profit cooperatives engaged in mutual-aid programs. Mutual-aid programs refer to insurance-based programs that protect members from various risks threatening their daily lives in the spirit of mutual aid. ZENROSAI offers a wide range of policies, from life insurance and non-life insurance to liability insurance (e.g. “My Car Kyosai” and “Jibaiseki Kyosai”), which members can purchase by paying relatively low premiums.

Official website of ZENROSAI



Q8: I am afraid that joining a labor union might lead to involvement in political activities with a specific orientation. Won’t that happen?

A: The WTU pays due respect to the political credo of each member. we do not require members to support any particular political parties or candidates from the organization. We do not make any donations to political parties either.