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University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Campaign background: Progressive Student Alliance works in direct solidarity with United Campus Workers, a CWA affiliated local representing workers on the Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses. They have participated in some major victories over the last several years, including winning unjustly fired staff their jobs back, a bonus raise for the lowest-paid UT workers, better overtime, Hepatitis B vaccinations for plumbers and custodians, securing back pay for furloughed employees, among others.
Taking direction again from the UCW in the 2005-2006 school year, students will be working on a $1200 flat raise for all UT staff, payroll deduction for UCW-CWA members and public education efforts directed at the UT student body. They are also supporting the union in its Unity 1000 Campaign, which has just recently been launched with a trip to the Tennessee State Legislature.
Campaigns News & Updates:
Mar 1, 2006 - UT union's raise request heard in legislative halls - The Knoxville News Sentinel- "...members of the United Campus Workers scattered throughout legislative offices meeting with lawmakers about a bill that would give higher education employees a $1,200 across-the-board raise..." (you have to register but it's free)
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