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  • 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.
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HERE YOU WILL FIND a list of all open seats for United Campus Workers' Executive Board and Policy & Campaign Committee/PCC. 

HERE YOU WILL FIND proposed Bylaw changes to be voted on at Convention.

ALSO: Make your plans to come to this year's Convention by RSVPing today!

 

Sunday, August 13, 2017 Members of the Communications Workers of America reject the vile actions and rhetoric of the white supremacists who paraded their hatred and bigotry this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. These evil actions, which President Trump couldn’t be bothered to condemn, instead offering a weak “violence on many sides” throwaway line, resulted in the tragic death of a young woman and injuries to many more.

Share this out as wide as you can. Trouble is brewing for the contract, and we can help tip the scales in our favor. A majority of members of the House of Representatives and a near majority of Senators have signed a letter calling for a halt to the contract. Let's add more fuel to the fire!
 
Our fight continues!
 
* The comptroller's office should initiate an investigation of RFP 32110-17103, under T.C.A. 8-4-406, for improper activity. The amended RFP language (Section C.3.G) stipulates the “state shall be responsible for all sales and use taxes...,” in likely violation of T.C.A. 4-39-102. Secondly, the RFP ‘menu of services’ structure raises concerns about how responsibility for effective contract management, under T.C.A. 12-3-305, will be met. Lastly, the procurement process, which granted valuable access and data to private bidders but not to public agencies against which those bidders were to compete, violates the spirit of T.C.A. 4-51-126 and our obligation to foster a fair and competitive bidding process.  
 
** The comptroller's office should initiate an investigation of RFP 32110-17103, under T.C.A. 8-4-406, for wasteful activity. The Office of Customer Focused Government’s refusal to commission an audit of its ‘Business Justification for Outsourcing’ is unacceptable. Further, the inability of the Office of Customer Focused Government to offer any verified cost comparison between current public facilities services management and the proposed private contractor, or justify the proposed source of cost savings, is a breach of duty to steward the assets and monies of Tennessee in a responsible fashion.
 

*** The comptroller's office should decline approval of RFP 32110-17103, under T.C.A. 4-56-108. This contract’s economic impact, basis for cost savings, and legal implications have not been sufficiently examined. So far, 14 Senators and 48 Representatives, have signed a public letter calling for its halt, until it can be further examined and verified.

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1. It will screw over workers! Despite promises of job and benefit protections, the Request for Proposal is full of loopholes and provisions that allow for cut backs and losses—from layoffs to the loss of crucial benefits like earned sick leave and a pension. It will absolutely worsen the working environment!
2. The people of Tennessee will lose control over public services and institutions as an out-of-state company takes over management of resources that belong to us!
3. The General Assembly will lose meaningful oversight and mechanisms for accountability!
4. Tennesseans will pay sales and use taxes for the company!
5. And our tax revenue will leave as the out-ofstate companies like JLL and its Alabama-based subcontractors profit!
6. There’s no evidence it will save any money, especially without knowing if institutions are “opting-in” or “opting-out.” The Office of Customer Focused Government never submitted its so-called Business Justification to an audit, and can’t even explain where some of their savings numbers come from!
7. The Request for Proposal provides for the radical expansion of the contract to additional services and institutions—from K-12 schools to municipal and county governments!
8. The contract can be renegotiated at any time after being signed as long as the state and the company agree!
9. The contract is being negotiated with JLL, a company with a long history of controversial and critical audits for its existing business with Tennessee! Moreover it’s a company that Governor Haslam was and probably is personally invested, creating a huge conflict-ofinterest!
10. The entire process for crafting this contract has been secretive and unaccountable, and intentionally left out the General Assembly and the public!
 
Citations for the Request for Proposal, which can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/generalservices/cpo/attachments/RFP_32110-17103_Release_1.pdf
1. A6.10.A.19; Tuition benefit: C.3.b 
4. C.3.g
7. “Onboarding”: 6.10.A.12.1; RFP Attachment 6.9; UTK Site Visit Agenda, Data section requests specific info on K-12 even though not in current scope 
8. C.3.c.2
9. http://bit.ly/2oVy4l3
 
NOTE: As of summer 2018, Jones Lang Lasalle, Inc / JLL is pushing the scheme to the Tennessee Board of Regent's Community Colleges. See this article for an update.