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It goes without saying that many higher education employees simply could not afford such a pay reduction. In the 2009-2010 budget year UT and TBR paid some 5,000 employees salaries of less than $25,000 per year. Working people from across our state have borne the brunt of this "great recession," and despite some positive economic indicators working- and middle-class Tennesseans continue doing more work for less purchasing power. Already we are having to choose between buying groceries or paying our utilities, between paying our insurance premiums or our mortgages.

UCW has been on the move for certain in 2010.  We have continued to grow in strength, approaching nearly 1100 members statewide.  In January we kicked off the year with a banquet here in Knoxville featuring the leader of the Mississippi Alliance of State Workers, Brenda Scott.

United Campus Workers – Communication Workers of America, Tennessee’s higher education union, has been working since last October to expand the protections higher education employees have in the event of layoffs. In January, UCW-CWA worked with Rep. Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis), Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) and Sen.

An email sent Wednesday, February 17, 2010 titled “Urgent That You Use Current UT Personnel Policies” from Vice Chancellor Al Hooten and Human Resources Director Phil Bright rescinded all printed personnel policies and work rules, and directed supervisors to only use those policies and procedures found on the UT website. Copies of the email are being distributed to all UTM Housing employees.

If you are interested in participating in UCW-CWA's day on this hill, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 please fill out this short form.

Starting in the summer several dozen of UCW-CWA leaders have been meeting and strategizing on the union’s campaign 2009-2010 campaign. All across the state member lead processes brainstormed, refined and ultimately democratically agree to a set of 2010 Campaign Priorities.


Our 2010 Campaign Priorities