United Campus Workers of Georgia

12,873 supporters

Our universities, colleges, and higher education systems, like all our public services, should be bedrock democratic institutions in our communities. These institutions are threatened by an economic and political consensus that prioritizes profits before people, and by an agenda that would privatize all public services. This agenda sees workers as just another cost, and diplomas as just another commodity. It is a vision that has led to underfunding, layoffs, and privatization, and it is winning out. ​​ But we know that without campus workers, our campuses don’t work—and ours is a different vision. We see our higher education system as important community and statewide institutions that should model the best democratic values and provide powerful education to all those who want it for the betterment of our communities and our state. We believe that at the heart of this vision is a commitment to the dignity and rights of those who make our institutions work, and those who seek to learn--regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their gender identity, differing abilities, or their sexual orientation, or where they come from. We know this is something worth fighting for today and for the long haul.

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Petitioning The Georgia Board of Regents

Safer and More Equitable Higher Education Upon Return to Campus

We, the undersigned students, staff, faculty, family members and University System of Georgia communities, call upon the Board of Regents to set policies that allow a safer and more equitable return to campus during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  We are all committed to educational excellence and the policies below allow us to achieve that.   Masks will be provided and required for all of the campus community.  Faculty, staff and students will collaborate on COVID-19 prevention enforcement procedures without involvement of the campus police.  Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 as well as policing on communities of color, especially Black communities, this policy is a bare minimum to make the verbal commitment to diversity and equity on our campuses concrete. No staff, student, or faculty member will be compelled to be face to face.  There will be no penalty, either subtle or overt, for requesting online-only engagement in the Fall.  This includes supervisor evaluations for faculty and staff and attendance grades for students.  No medical documentation will be required. Free, frequent and accurate COVID-19 testing will be available for the entire campus community.  The single most effective pandemic control is isolation of those who are contagious.  The Board of Regents will take the safety of our students, staff, faculty and their loved ones as a prerequisite for the learning and working environment we deserve.   With almost 390 thousand members of the campus communities and hundreds of thousands more loved ones and community members health's at stake, we urge the nineteen members of the Georgia Board of Regents to understand the profound impact of their policies and ensure a safer and more equitable return to campus. ____________________________________________________________ United Campus Workers of Georgia knows this petition is a crucial step, but only one step of many, to ensuring the kind of campuses that students, staff and faulty deserve.  We encourage people to join in our campaigns (https://forms.gle/ofmADy6Qrkis9Cce8) and organization (www.ucwga.com/join).

United Campus Workers of Georgia
12,873 supporters