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Arizona State University Workers ‘Go Union’ With The CWA

Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020
by Josh Bacopulos/People’s World
Arizona State University Workers ‘Go Union’ With The CWA

(PHOENIX, ARIZONA) - In a historic move for Organized Labor in the State of Arizona, Workers at Arizona State University have joined with Staff at the University of Arizona to Unionize with United Campus Workers.

Earlier this month, the newly-formed ASU-UCW Chapter took to Twitter and Facebook to officially go public with the “wall-to-wall” Union, meaning it’s intended to represent every Employee of the university, no matter their division or specialization.

Together, the ASU and UA groups now collectively form United Campus Workers Arizona, Local 7065 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

The timing of ASU-UCW’s announcement coincidently followed an e-mail from the University Provost’s Office informing the campus community that Spring break for the coming semester would be canceled - a seemingly unpopular move based on feedback from numerous posts and comments on the ASU Subreddit Discussion Page.

With the launch of the ASU Chapter, UCW Arizona now has over 500 Graduate Students, Staff and Faculty within their ranks statewide.

After the social media launch, many ASU Workers and students posted photos of their new Union Cards and their reasons for joining the Union.

ASU-UCW says 50 new Members joined up on the first day of the Unionization Campaign.

The ASU-UCW, which describes itself as a “Union of Faculty, Staff and Student Workers,” says it is striving to build collective power in order “to advance academic justice in fulfilling our university’s public mission.”

In a recent interview, Laurie Stoff, an Honors Faculty Member and Union Organizer, stated one goal was to “flatten the hierarchy that currently exists in higher education.”

Stoff reasons that since “we collectively make up this workplace, no one is more important than anybody else.”

Like other job sites, the college can’t function without all its Workers.

“Everybody’s labor ‘is essential for making the university run well,’” Stoff said.

Among the issues that pushed University Workers to Unionize were pay gaps and lack of job security, both of which have been made worse by the administration’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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