United Campus Workers unites Tennessee's higher education staff and faculty into a strong voice to address critical issues we face. Our mission is to advance and defend the interests of all Tennessee higher education staff and faculty, as well as promoting solidarity, democracy, and advancing social and economic justice in our workplaces and in our communities.

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Call the Comptroller! Stop the Contract! #TNisNOTforSale

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Governor Haslam secretly signed a master contract with JLL, breaking his oath to do what is best for Tennessee--and maybe also breaking the law.

Now the ball is in the Tennessee Comptroller's court. It's our job to make sure he rejects the contract.

Please call the Comptroller's hotline today - 1-800-232-5454.

Tell them: "Don't approve the outsourcing contract (RFP 32110-17103), and launch an investigation. This contract breaks the law*. It is wasteful**. It defies the will of the General Assembly*** And it's bad for Tennessee!"  [Additional information below.]

Top 10 Worst Things About This Outsourcing

What are the Top 10 Worst Things about Governor Haslam's statewide facilities outsourcing? 

March 9: Rally @ the Capitol: Get on the Bus!

Join us on Thursday, March 9 in Nashville to stop outsourcing. One day can make a difference.


Now until Dec. 20: Make a public comment to stop statewide outsourcing!



2016 Labor & Change Teach-In & UCW Convention

Dear United Campus Workers member or supporter,

I would like to welcome you to attend the United Campus Workers 2016 Annual Convention. The past year we have seen a lot of exciting activity and growth in our local. We have taken up a huge fight with our Governor to protect facilities workers in our Tennessee is Not for Sale campaign, and we’ve stood alongside students and university workers to defend diversity programs at UT.

At this year’s convention, we invite you to join us for a weekend of reflection, learning, and inspiration. UCW first began with a Living Wage Teach-In 16 years ago. As we ready ourselves to dig in our heels and keep up our fight for another year, join us to reflect on building a movement for lasting change in our state at our Labor and Change Teach-InOctober 28-29, 2016. Over two days, we’ll have sessions covering topics such as solidarity, intergenerational organizing, and grassroots power. For the full program, visit: tinyurl.com/LaborandChangeRSVP here. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch is provided both days.

The legislative session is over. Finally.

This past session of the Tennessee General Assembly was marked by intense attention to higher education policy—and not in the way we would want. Instead of increased funding for our critical public colleges and universities, living wages for us higher ed workers still working poverty wage jobs, expanded academic programming and access, and real empowerment of the students and communities our schools serve, what did we get? Attacks on diversity. Increased power by politicians over our campuses. Guns on campus. And while the Haslam administration has worked to keep it out of the legislative arena, the threat of outsourcing still looms over us. Here’s a recap of where we’re at. We have a long road ahead to get the change we want, and our union is committed to helping lead a movement for dignity, fairness, and power for campus workers and working people across Tennessee.

UCW Lobby Day & Rally Tuesday, March 8th! RSVP today!
UCW Lobby Day & Rally Tuesday, March 8th! RSVP today!

2016 United Campus Workers Legislative Priorities, 109th General Assembly

Coming to UCW's 2016 Lobby Day & Rally? RSVP here!

Don't know who your elected officials are? Find them here. Enter your address to find your State Legislators (State Senator and Representative), who we are visiting on March 8.

Our state’s public colleges, universities, and higher education institutions are at the heart of our economy, and campus employees—from professors and lecturers, secretaries and custodians, to researchers and counselors, librarians and technicians—are at the forefront of delivering quality education and essential services to Tennesseans from all walks of life. Our working conditions are our state’s learning conditions. 

Here is a breakdown of United Campus Workers' priority bills:


Tennessee is NOT for Sale! What We’ve Done to Fight Governor Haslam's Outsourcing Plan

Since first learning of the previously secret push by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to outsource the facilities maintenance, management, and security of every piece of state-owned real estate in Tennessee, United Campus Workers - CWA members, leaders, organizers, volunteers and our numerous allies have tirelessly worked to stop these efforts in their tracks. Below is a partial list of actions UCW-CWA has taken over this semester:

August 17: UCW issues Press Release, "State Workers Scrutinize, Worry About Haslam’s Newest Privatization Scheme"

August 18-20: Every regional paper of record across Tennessee learns of the news from United Campus Workers and begins reporting on it

August 31: 1st State-Wide Membership "Town Hall Call" with many hundreds of higher education employees logging in to learn more

September 3: Public Demonstration at UTK with rallies at Cumberland Ave. Pilot Gas Station & UT Knoxville School of Law Building