Campus Worker Solidarity Fund: Update and New Fundraising Goal
Since our last general meeting on April 16, we have funded 85 campus workers at the University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi. We have assisted a range of campus workers: undergraduate student workers, part- and full-time staff, graduate student workers, and Aramark workers. We have provided $200 emergency grants that will help people with their rent and other bills. We have also directed dozens of people to other mutual aid networks for assistance with food and other supplies, and to University offices for relief.
Over 100 people are on the waitlist for funds. We are setting a new fundraising goal of $25,000.
We can assure you that funds are getting to workers within 7-10 days, that our committee members are taking time to contact each person who requests funds, and that, consequently, we are immediately helping many access other resources in our communities. The need is overwhelming, as we knew it would be. Our hope is that we can continue to rally our membership and allies to support our fellow campus workers.
Campus Worker Solidarity Fund
The United Campus Workers of Mississippi, with chapters in Hattiesburg and Oxford, is raising money to alleviate the burdens that people in our communities are facing. Funds will be directed toward campus workers at the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi and their families who are experiencing lack of adequate healthcare and job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize that our institutions have failed to pay workers a living wage, thus compounding the impact of the pandemic in their lives. This fund will meet the immediate needs of workers during the current crisis.
We’ve expanded to the University of Southern Mississippi!
United Campus Workers of Mississippi has established a new chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a wall-to-wall union, all university workers at Southern Miss are encouraged to join us in advocating for a better workplace for all!
United Campus Workers of Mississippi unites Mississippi’s diverse workforce—including part-time and full-time staff, faculty, and student laborers—to address the critical issues we all face. Our mission is to champion and defend the interests and well-being of all University labor, as well as to build and sustain social and economic justice in our workplaces and in our communities.
Know your rights!
Our constitutionally granted freedoms of speech and assembly protect our right to form and participate in any organization of our choosing, including a union. When we exercise these rights by organizing, we are building a movement to protect and expand those rights for future generations.
The UCW is a “wall-to-wall” union which means any individual who receives a paycheck from the state of Mississippi as a worker at a state college or university is eligible to join the UCW.