Tim Gaudin and Tony Patton address questions in the Senate chamber to UCW-CWA's lobbyist.
Tim Gaudin and Tony Patton address questions in the Senate chamber to UCW-CWA's lobbyist.


This UCW-CWA campaign update has several important developments, including:

  • UCW's largest member lobbying effort produces positive impact on budget hearings
  • Victory on layoff protections at TBR
  • Campaign for a fair bonus for all higher education workers making progress

BREAKING NEWS: 90 Days layoff notification from TBR Chancellor

United Campus Workers is pleased to announce that TBR Chancellor Dr. Charles Manning sent a memorandum yesterday afternoon to TBR system presidents and directors on reductions in force.  This memo came the day after higher-education budget hearings before the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee, in which Chancellor Manning stated TBR’s commitment to providing public higher education employees with the same amount of notice in the event of layoffs as other state workers receive.  The Chancellor’s comments at the Wednesday hearings came in response to questions posed by Rep. Harry Tindell (D-Knoxville), a longtime ally of UCW-CWA in the General Assembly.

UT Martin Rescinds Illegal Anti-union Work Rules After UCW Complaint

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That You Use Current UT Personnel Policies” from Vice Chancellor Al Hooten and Human Resources Director Phil Bright rescinded all printed personnel policies and work rules, and directed supervisors to only use those policies and procedures found on the UT website.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. This email comes a week after representatives from United Campus Workers – Communications Workers of America, Tennessee’s higher education union, which represents over 1,000 UT and TBR employees across the state, met with State Representative Mike Turner to discuss measures that would eliminate illegal anti-union work rules which had been distributed to employees in the UTM Department of Housing.

UCW-CWA's letter to Interim UT President
UCW-CWA's letter to Interim UT President

Update: Feb. 19 Rally for Jobs and Education

On February 19, 2010 hundreds of union members and students rallied for jobs and education, to prevent proposed budget cuts that will devastate public education and communities across Tennessee and to propose alternatives to these cuts from solutions to the state's revenue crisis to internal funding reallocation from top level administration back to classroom instruction and essential student and support services. UCW-CWA leaders with the support of district and international leaders from our parent union the Communications Workers of America delivered this letter to Interim UT President, Dr. Jan Simek. The rally and march drew broad print and television media coverage.

UCW-CWA's 2010 Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

On March 9, 2010 union members from campuses across the state will travel to Nashville to lobby the General Assembly for higher education funding, to protect our jobs and our communities' economies, and for fair treatment and pay. You should join us, this will quite possibly be the most important trip you take all year.

October Campaign Announcement!

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.

Secova Audit Update

UCW-CWA keeps pressure on higher education administration to help with Secova Audit completion process.

Since the state of Tennessee announced the Secova run audit of employee insurance benefits for plans with dependents, UCW-CWA has been leading efforts to inform public higher education employees of the process and pressuring HR departments at public universities across the state.