$3.6 billion. That’s the amount Georgia state agencies will cut from their budgets in the next fiscal year in response to COVID-19.

United Campus Workers of Georgia also said "Gov. Brian Kemp and state leaders want to maintain a business-friendly environment 'at the expense of students and workers'."

"Georgia colleges plan furloughs as lawmakers get bad news on economy." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is requesting a 14% reduction in budgets for every state agency. His justification: increased unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce state revenues. But 14% budget cuts will only deepen the profound unemployment crisis. His actions, both before and after this crisis, reveal his priorities. Kemp and the Georgia political leadership want to maintain Georgia as “business-friendly” at the expense of students and workers.

On May 1st, UCW joins a coalition of community groups, unions in solidarity with Cooperation Jackson’s Call to Action: Towards a General Strike to End the COVID-19 Crisis and Create a New World”. We will caravan to critical sites in the city where this crisis is unfolding to express support and raise demands of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.  We demand state funding for essential needs and benefits for essential workers and people:

UCWGA members hold signs during Virtual Day of ActionWith the announcement that the University System of Georgia was shifting to online instruction to better protect our communities against COVID-19, UCWGA acted swiftly to make sure that all USG campuses were taking equitable measures in regards to rights, pay, and safety precautions for all employees.

At UCWGA/KSU’s May 13 membership meeting, we established a Legislative Committee to serve as a vehicle for union members to get involved with political action at the local, state and federal levels. We hope additional members will join this committee. Our immediate priority is securing federal relief for public education.

Jere W. Morehead, President
S. Jack Hu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Ryan Nesbit, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Rahul Shrivastav, Vice President for Instruction