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1000 CAMPUS WORKERS CALL ON GOVERNOR LEE AND COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH LISA PIERCEY TO INCLUDE HIGHER EDUCATION WORKERS IN COVID VACCINATION SCHEDULE 

Knoxville, TN - After more than two years of campaigning by United Campus Workers, on Monday, March 1 at the monthly Faculty Senate meeting at the Univers

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

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!

Dear UCW Members,

We are at a critical moment in Tennessee and we need to get real about building the power necessary to take back our state for working people. Will you make a plan to attend our Statewide Convention this year on September 28?

Convention is our yearly gather that brings together faculty and staff from all across the state to:

As Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris brought renewed attention to the low wages of campus workers on July 8,, President Rudd finally released a gradual timeline announcing that he plans to raise minimum pay for employees at the University of Memphis to $15 per hour over two years. United Campus Workers, while pleased there is finally a plan with a timeline, believes that the 330+ workers at the University living under the poverty line need $15 per hour by 2020.  

United Campus Workers supports candidates who stand for the working class and the common good by opposing privatization, supporting public education, and fighting for living wages. After surveying candidates for their stances on issues, and inviting candidates for a Q&A at our June 24 membership meeting, UCW members voted to proudly endorse John Ray Clemmons for Nashville Mayor. 

Hey UCW members! Whatcha doing this summer? We've got lots of opportunities coming up to get involved and learn organizing, campaign, and political skills to build our movement. If you're interested, email [email protected].

Wow - what a whirlwind this legislative session has been. From attacks on public education and voting rights to outrageous and unethical behavior from Speaker of the House Glen Casada, UCW has been closely following the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2019 session.