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The only wall-to-wall higher ed union in Georgia.

Membership is open to all USG workers, including:

  • Part-time staff, regardless of permanent or temporary status
  • Graduate assistants, researchers, and fellows
  • Part-time faculty including adjuncts and lecturers
  • Full time faculty and staff
  • Undergraduate student workers, including federal work-study students
  • Post-doctoral workers
  • Workers at institutions whose funding is allocated by the USG, including the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library Service.

Workers in outsourced departments like Sodexo, Aramark, etc. are private sector employees and have the right to engage in collective bargaining with their employer.

Organizing at 20 out of 26 institutions...So far!

Not sure if your campus has a chapter? Contact an organizer to get connected or to start organizing at your workplace!

Being a wall-to-wall union means members across the state can work together on shared issues and coordinate lobbying efforts directed at the state legislature. Some committees include: 

  • Legislative Committee
  • Research for Organizing Network (RON)
  • Budget Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • K16 Teach Truth Coalition
  • Tobacco Surcharge Committee

Any member may organize with other members to form a statewide committee. Reach out to us at or check the calendar to learn more about statewide committee meetings.


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The problematic setup of this fee has cost employees thousands of dollars of their hard-earned paychecks. UCWGA members started this campaign to change the way workers are opted-in and to win refunds for all wrongly charged workers. Reach out to to join this campaign!

Not sure if you've been affected? Take these steps:

  1. Log in to OneUSG
  2. Connect Click "payroll," then "pay," then your paystub
  3. Look for "Tobacco Surcharge" 
  4. If you're paid twice monthly, check two stubs!

Take the pledge to demand dignity for part-time faculty!

Take the pledge to demand dignity for part-time faculty! 

UGA's graduate student committee leads the charge for public graduate student organizing in Georgia. Together with members of all job classes and graduate students at other schools they've spent years advocating for the end of the Special Institutional Fee. SIF is finally ending for all students in Georgia! Great work!!

'On the Verge of Victory'


 We can do a lot and have a proven track record of wins. 


  1. We sponsored resolutions in both the Georgia Senate and House to win cost-of-living adjustments for all USG employees. After 3 years of lobbying the USG budget was increased to grant full-time workers at $5k COLA raise. 
  2. Our graduate student members at UGA won a seat at the table to negotiate health care costs. After 3 years of campaigning they won the removal of the Special Institutional Fee that was implemented during the recession. No students in Georgia will pay the SIF moving forward.
  3. We participated in many grievance processes; winning members back their hours after cuts, winning new appointments for laid off workers, and defending members from employer abuse. 
  4. We are campaigning to stop a campus from increasing course loads to pay for the administration’s budget shortfall.
  5. One campus started offering free on-campus covid-19 testing for students after members petitioned and protested for more safety measures.
  6. Workers formed a solidarity fund to support laid off workers at KSU.

To win widespread, long-lasting change workers must organize a supermajority of USG employees to demand fair compensation and working conditions for all. Put the U in UNION by joining UCWGA!