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UCW has launched an open letter calling on Governor Bill Lee to include higher education employees in COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans. 

Memphis, TN - On Tuesday, University of Memphis President Rudd emailed all campus workers announcing a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour effective June 5, 2021.

UCW Members are invited to join "Labor & Black Struggle in the South," an urgent conversation about the role of Labor and the transformational possibilities of buildin

The Tennessee Tech chapter of United Campus Workers, CWA Local 3865 respectfully submits the following letter containing the concerns of faculty, staff, and students related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New report from United Campus Workers revealing low pay, lack of health insurance, particularly troubling in light of the COVID-19 crisis

 Johnson City, Tenn. - On April 30, 2020 the United Campus Workers (UCW) released a report on working conditions for adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). The report, “Exploitation at ETSU: How the Adjunctification of Instruction Harms Faculty and Students at East Tennessee State University” provides the most comprehensive research on adjunct faculty at ETSU done to date.

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March 20, 2020

UNITED CAMPUS WORKERS DEMANDS FAIRNESS AND EQUITY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

United Campus Workers-Communications Workers of America Local 3865
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Position Title: West TN Organizer 
Location: Memphis, TN

The United Campus Workers Gender Equity Committee adamantly opposes any and all legislation which prevents LGBT families from having equal rights under the law. HB836/SB1304 is discriminatory and unconscionable. At its core, it reflects prejudice against LGBT people and causes undue suffering for Tennessee’s most vulnerable children. This bill sets a dangerous precedent in that it allows private adoption agencies to take our public funds and then deny the very same taxpayers equal rights. It also places the State in a position to determine who does and does not constitute a family.

Memphis, TN -- after being found to have no written plan to pay employees $15 per hour, President Rudd made a surprising announcement to increase pay to $13 per hour by July 2020. However, union members of United Campus Workers say they are not giving up their fight for $15 per hour. "We are not done with this issue, not one bit," said Doris Brooks-Conley, a 19-year custodian who has been outspoken about her and her coworkers pay. "You have people who have been here for over a decade or more. This means people coming in the door would make what we make after 20 years of working.

Dear United Campus Workers Members:

As you read in President Ed McDaniel’s summary of our 2019 Convention, our Steward’s Program has taken a huge step toward realization! We have developed our policy and an accompanying manual, and now we just need one more thing: you! Stewards are our first line of defense on campus, the communicators and agitators in the shop, and the way we can grow our power. So: Calling all the rabble rousers out there! We need you!

2019 Convention Report: UCW on the Offense

Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Nashville for our Statewide Convention on September 28! Representatives from campuses all across Tennessee met to share their work and strategize about the future of UCW. We left fired up to grow the size and influence of our union and take on our powerful foes in Tennessee. Please read the report below for more information about what happened, and how you can get involved. Solidarity forever!