University of Georgia

United Campus Workers of Georgia at the University of Georgia fights for labor, justice and dignity for all university employees. Read about the founding of UCWGA-UGA here

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The email from the upper administration of UGA about plans to reopen the campus in the Fall, sent yesterday morning to all staff, tells us little about their actual process. We insist on greater transparency, and an acknowledgment of the full dimensions of the challenge.

$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. A May 1 memo from state budget leaders insists every agency must cut 14%, “with no exceptions.” This includes the University System of Georgia (USG), which previously announced anticipated losses of $350 million. The 14% cut — which amounts to over $361 million — will more than double the already devastating losses. Students and employees throughout the state are going to suffer tremendously, and the shocks will reverberate for years to come.

April was a big month for UCWGA graduate students. It marked the culmination of year-long, statewide efforts calling for the repeal of the Special Institutional Fee (SIF), which was instituted as a temporary fee after the 2008 financial crisis. Since removing the sunset clause that would have let the SIF die a natural death in 2012, the Board of Regents has voted to keep the SIF every April. The SIF is the largest individual fee and partially funds graduate teaching and research assistantships. In short, graduate students are paying to work.