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The UNG chapter of UCWGA has written an open letter to President Jacobs urging stronger protections for the campus community including expanding online learning and free, frequent, and accurate COV

On Friday, August 28, 2020, the Georgia College & State University (GCSU) chapter of the United Campus Workers of Georgia (UCWGA) held our first direct action at our school’s “Public Forum Area,” with approximately 40 participants. We organized a die-in protest to urge GC’s administration and the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents to listen to our demands to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 on our campus, including choice in online working and learning options, free on-campus testing, quarantine housing for students, hazard pay for frontline staff, and no layoffs in the event of campus closure. 

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.

We all remember the year 2016 as a wild one, not least because of the outcome of the election in November. Earlier that fall, however, a different drama was playing out in the USG. That spring, the US Department of Labor under President Obama had rolled out new guidelines requiring that all salaried employees earning less than $47K per year be eligible for “time and a half” for hours worked beyond the standard 40 per week. This more than doubled the out of date threshold of $23K that had been in place since 2004. This seemed like good news for thousands of USG employees.

We all remember the year 2016 as a wild one, not least because of the outcome of the election in November. Earlier that fall, however, a different drama was playing out in the USG. That spring, the US Department of Labor under President Obama had rolled out new guidelines requiring that all salaried employees earning less than $47K per year be eligible for “time and a half” for hours worked beyond the standard 40 per week. This more than doubled the out of date threshold of $23K that had been in place since 2004. This seemed like good news for thousands of USG employees.

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.

Our chapter calls for increased equity and transparency

View the PDF of our March 30 press release here:

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View the PDF of our March 29 memo here:

Labor Day Potluck & Picnic

Join the United Campus Workers of Georgia for a Labor Day Picnic!
Relax and hang out with your fellow workers as we enjoy some good food and fun!
We will be at the pavilion with hot dogs and veggie dogs on the grill. If you are able, bring a dish or drinks to share. This is a family friendly event with a great play area for children.

We are excited to announce our new UCWGA Steering Committee!
There were six nominees for the four vacant positions on the UCW GA Steering Committee, but two of them withdrew their names, leaving four. These members have thus been elected by acclamation: 


Alex Cummings, Georgia State
Terri Dunbar, Georgia Tech
Daren Fowler, Georgia State
Laurie McDowell, Kennesaw State

Alex, Terri, Daren, and Laurie will join our continuing Steering members:
Jennifer Leyting, UGA