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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.