Circa 2012 Harriet Cotter was active in the Progressive Student Alliance University of Tennessee Chattanooga..
March 15, 2013, members of the United Campus Workers and the Progressive Student Alliance delivered a letter to University administrators in Chattanooga and asked for living wages for all campus employees.
Jared Story, an administrative assistant with the College of Nursing and a United Campus Workers member, said many employees on college campuses across the state are unable to maintain adequate health care, housing and transportation due to low compensation.
“There are hundreds of workers on this campus and across the state that make less than living wages,” Story said. “Some of them have two or three jobs to support their families, and some are on government assistance. Our state institutions should be paying living wages.”
Story said United Campus Workers members also oppose contracting services to private companies, as some may not offer the same benefits that are received by state employees.
Members of these organizations also emphasized inadequate adjunct faculty pay as a main concern, as many must maintain additional employment in order to get by.
“There are a lot of departments that use adjunct faculty, and that is one way of cutting down on pay,” Dr. Parthasarati Dileepan, professor of management and vice president of the UTC chapter of United Campus Workers said. “The number of adjuncts has increased and at the same time, compensation has remained very low.
Dr. Grady Bogue, interim chancellor, personally received the letter and said he would discuss the issue with members of the University executive council.
“Students have a special kind of leverage in the University, and that is because we pay tuition,” Freeman said. “So basically the University is here to serve us, and we are directly affected by living wage issues because their [University employees] working conditions are our learning conditions.”
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.