Workers at Georgia Southwestern recently delivered an open letter to President Weaver and Provost Smith urging them to advocate for a USG mask mandate and to model responsible mask wearing behavior


[MILLEDGEVILLE, GA December 29—]This morning, the Georgia College (GC) chapter of the United Campus Workers of Georgia (UCWGA) and community supporters sent an

Members of the United Campus Workers of Georgia are profoundly alarmed by a request received by many educators at University System of Georgia (USG) institutions across the state by Representative Dunahoo that we answer questions related to topics surrounding oppression.  We believe it is an incursion on quality education in our classrooms as well as a violation of academic freedom.

Since October 2020 UCWGA-KSU has been raising money to help support the immediate needs of our coworkers who have been impacted by KSU’s layoffs.  In December 2020, after raising over $2000, we made our first round of disbursements to two affected workers with urgent financial needs ranging from medical and health insurance bills, rent assistance, and other living expenses. 

Thanks to those who have continued to donate to our fundraiser we are now preparing to make a second round of disbursements. If you are someone who was laid off through the temporary or permanent reduction in force process or are a former part-time worker who was not rehired this fall or spring, let us know if you need financial assistance by SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.

The Georgia Gwinnett College chapter of UCWGA has written an open letter to President Joseph and GGC cabinet members urging they reconsider the recent change in GGC-issued cell phone policy. We believe that the transition to “softphone” technology will be a detriment to employees and their ability to effectively communicate and engage with their students.  

Please read and sign our open letter here.

Concerns about the resumption of on-campus classes at Kennesaw State University (KSU) have been mounting since the end of the fall semester. Due to current COVID-19 infection statistics in Cobb County, the Kennesaw State chapter of United Campus Workers of Georgia (UCWGA) is calling on KSU, as our state-wide organizing committee did last month, to shift to online-only instruction and provide more support for its employees.

Events of the last two months prove the need for more caution on campus:

Steven Wrigley, USG Chancellor On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Steven Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, announced his upcoming retirement.  This is great news for campus workers throughout the university system.  Chancellor Wrigley presided over a period

UCWGA-UNG supports UCWGA’s “Three Simple Demands of the Board of Regents.” Like every member of the UNG community, we are pleased that last semester’s COVID-19 case count was not higher. However, the low case count was likely impacted by: 1) the pandemic being less intense than the current level in the state of Georgia, and 2) the large volume of online and Hybrid Touchstone courses that greatly reduced campus density. Neither of these conditions will be present with the Spring 2021 term.

UCWGA’s three-fold Plan to Survive Covid-19 during Spring 2021 at USG Campuses

Workers are facing the Spring 2021 Semester with infection levels, hospitalizations, and deaths in Georgia 10 times higher than they were in late August. The public health crisis USG campuses faced in Fall Semester only looks worse for the Spring. 

COVID-19 forced university closures nationwide in spring of 2020, but many institutions, including Georgia Southern, pushed to return students to campus and the classroom during the Fall 2020 semester. While course deliveries varied wildly from fully remote, to hybrid, to hyflex, to fully in-person instruction, one thing was consistent: faculty had little choice in the matter.