Higher Education Employees Emphasize Risk to Taxpayers with Pension “Reform”

As Senate Bill 1005 and House Bill 948 go up for another committee vote Tuesday, March 26, higher education employees question the full cost analysis and the potential risk that this “reform” may cost taxpayers more in the long run, not less.

UCW members communicate the other side of "pension reform"

After meeting with over 50 Tennessee legislators at our March 12 Lobby Day, UCW sends important information on the other side of proposed "pension reform" to *all* legislators today.

Higher Education Employees Question "Pension Reform" Proposal


Knoxville, TN-  Following yesterday's proposal by state treasurer David Lillard to radically change Tennessee's state pension system, members of United Campus Workers, the union of public higher education staff and faculty across Tennessee, are demanding that the state not betray its promise to workers who have dedicated their lives to public service.

UCW Legislative Alert 2/13/2013

Higher Education Workers Prepare to Square Off Over Haslam Raises

Following Governor Bill Haslam's State of the State address on Monday, January 28, 2013, members of United Campus Workers, the union of public higher education staff and faculty across Tennessee, are mobilizing for living wages and fair raises for every worker, and are concerned about problems of poverty, inequality, and cronyism.  While Haslam's proposed budget includes a 1.5% raise for state workers, including those in both the state's higher education systems, the Governor highlighted his desire to move away from cost of living raises, and to instead emphasize so-called merit raise structures.  But recent news that UT administrators stand to earn a million dollars in bonuses, and received millions of dollars in merit raises last year, has UCW members cautious to angry.

Join your fellow campus workers to lobby & rally!
Join your fellow campus workers to lobby & rally!

RSVP for UCW's 2014 Lobby Day

SIGN UP HERE for UCW's Lobby Day Tuesday, March 11, 2014! And help spread the word on your campus.

UCW Executive Board statement on Sen. Jim Summerville's Anti-Diversity Bills

The Tennessee legislature is at it again.

Year after year, as right wing politicians draw voting lines to keep themselves in office, get more people like them in office, and drive out all opposition, an agenda that puts profit over people, chauvinism and degradation over dignity and democracy takes hold.

Enter Senator Summerville of Dickson.

Join us for the 2013 Knoxville MLK Day Banquet
Join us for the 2013 Knoxville MLK Day Banquet

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Knoxville Parade, Banquet

Join us for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events in Knoxville!
RSVP for the banquet here!


United Campus Workers will be marching with our banner in the Knoxville Parade. Line-up at 9:15am and Step-off at 10:00am from the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2137 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. Join us!

United Campus Workers Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Banquet
6:00pm, UCW union hall (UNITE HERE), 1124 N. Broadway, Knoxville
Co-sponsored by Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee
RSVP here!

"Fiscal cliff" impacts student access to state higher education

KNOXVILLE, TENN. What is the impact of federal budget sequestration on a single state institution? Knoxville’s Pellissippi State Community College is one of the top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges in the country. Without financial assistance from federal programs, 54% of current Pellissippi State students would have to find other sources of funding or drop out, while the ability of prospective students to gain access would become that much harder.

Gale's Testimonial

Gale explains how UT's pay hasn't kept up with the cost of living.