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

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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!

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.