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On Thursday, August 6th at noon, UGA students, staff, and faculty, supported by members of the United Campus Workers of Georgia, staged a physically distant, masked “die-in” to p

The UGA Chapter of UCWGA has written an open letter to President Morehead urging stronger protections including requiring face masks while indoors and allowing faculty, staff, and graduate st

I understand that UGA and the University System of Georgia, along with the rest of the world, are facing difficult decisions balancing public health with the need to carry on working.

Our chapter published and distributed another press release today on the developing story of the 24 workers RIF'd (laid off) last month. 

Additionally, we published a thread of tweets explaining the problem and providing some of the data we've collected on why these layoffs were cruel, unnecessary, procedurally fraught, and potentially discriminatory.

The following guest post was written by a worker on our campus.

Position Title: Field Organizer.     Location: Atlanta, Georgia.      Start Date: Oct 1, 2020

"United Campus Workers of Georgia brings together the voices of the University System of Georgia’s diverse workforce to address critical issues we all face. Our mission is to champion the interests and well being of all University workers in order to build and sustain equity, solidarity, and a common good for our University communities, the state of Georgia, and the world at large”

The following essay by UCWGA member David Nickel appeared in the August 27 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Eduction.     

With the fall semester set to resume on August 20, UGA’s reopening plans are still inadequate and ultimately imperil students, workers, the Athens community, and citizens of Georgia. On Monday August 17, UGA graduate student workers, staff, and faculty from the United Campus Workers of Georgia assembled in front of the Arch (masked and socially distanced) protesting UGA’s plans that prioritize profits over people, the dangerous campus conditions, and demanding safer reopening conditions with no layoffs. 

This evening our chapter sent out a press release related to the 24 recent layoffs announced on our campus calling for a reversal of the decision. In addition, we published two short videos that condense our argument:

Bitten By Whitten, KSU Lays Off 24 Workers from UCWGA KSU on Vimeo.

For immediate release, August 21, 2020