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West Virginia Campus Workers aims to build worker power by organizing across all paid WVU campus roles–giving workers the power to create real change. WVCW members represent a diverse alliance of workers organizing across the University to build a strong membership advocating for social and economic justice in higher-ed. While West Virginia law prevents us from bargaining collectively with our employer, our constitutional freedoms of speech and assembly empower us to become a union by acting like one.
In recent years, WVU workers have increasingly voiced frustrations over a wide range of issues, including the high cost of graduate student fees; lack of support for employee well-being; and attacks on job security, shared governance, and academic freedom. These issues can be addressed through the collective action of our WVU communities. Like proud West Virginian Hazel Dickens once sang, “Working people, use your power, the key to liberty! There ain’t no way they can ever keep us down!”
West Virginia University is facing a $45 million budget crisis, which it expects to get worse. The administration’s proposed solution to the deficit—which they are attributing to declining enrollment—is to drastically cut academic programs and course offerings, and to lay off countless faculty and staff.
Please join us in demanding an immediate halt to all program and job cuts associated with the “Academic Transformation” process until a more qualified group, led by independently selected faculty and (non-executive) staff, has time to analyze WVU’s current position and propose an alternative plan that respects the mission of the university and its vital role in our state.