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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 minim

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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.

Building on our work at the capitol last year, UCW has introduced our Fair Raise Act (HB 1105 / SB 1333 ) to give an across the board pay raise of at least $1000 to every state employee and our Moving TN Adjuncts Forward Act (HB 707 / SB 775) raise adjunct pay to a minimum of $1000 per credit hour. Our bills seek to address the unfairness of percentage raises, which disproportionately benefit those at the top and leave out adjunct faculty, most of whom haven't received a raise in 20 years. 

Memphis, TN --  On January 10,  the University of Memphis released an email to all employees concerning a joint resolution between the Staff and Faculty Senates calling for the minimum pay to be raised to $15/hr. United Campus Workers, Tennessee's only higher education union, applauds the efforts by University of Memphis to publicly address the crisis of low pay for its employees and calls for swift implementation of this needed change.

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It features members' stories from our beginnings to now!

  • Grad students would owe a new tax on their tuition waivers.
  • Campus employees would owe a new tax on their tuition benefits.
  • Our kids and spouses would pay taxes on the tuition discount we get.
  • Student loan interest would no longer be deductible.
  • University and college endowments would also be taxed.