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A Statement of Support for Defund Charlottesville Police's demands regarding the events of Nov. 15/16th:

United Campus Workers of Virginia at UVA (UCWVA-UVA)              

[email protected]

For Immediate Release: 11/12/2020

United Campus Workers of Virginia at UVA (UCWVA-UVA)              

On November 2, 2020, UCWVA-UVA held a training workshop for union members on how to systematically organize workplaces and departments at public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. Members discussed essential organizing skills such as: charting your worksite, identifying organic leaders, and conducting systematic and effective recruitment.

UCWVA-UVA used its mutual aid fund to distribute N95 masks and carbon filters to UVA frontline workers this Saturday, October 17th. The action was made possible by enthusiastic community support for our GoFundMe, which has raised over $1700 since being launched last month.

On September 14, members of United Campus Workers of Virginia at UVA held its first organizing training for recruiting new members. The training outlines how to conduct a structured organizing conversation, and walks through how to have effective organizing conversations to recruit new members and build worker power at UVA.

- How do I gauge my coworkers' issues and concerns?
- How do I respond to common pushback against joining the union?
- How do we organize effectively over social media and digital communication?

Talk to your friends and coworkers, and organize!

United Campus Workers of Virginia at UVA (UCWVA-UVA) has announced it is partnering with student groups to solicit financial and in-kind donations to provide frontline campus workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and, in case of renewed furloughs and layoffs as the semester advances, emergency aid. UVA Mutual Aid, UVA Young Democratic Socialists of America, and UCWVA-UVA are organizing this effort, which hopes to collect $3,000 by September 16, to be extended as necessary.

On Labor Day 2020, UCWVA-UVA's Labor History Working Group gave a virtual teach-in on the history of labor activism at UVA and what our current unionization movement can learn from it. The key questions: how did things get this way, and what can we learn from the past to make the future better?

On September 2, UCWVA-UVA held a Die-In protest against in-person classes and austerity on the Lawn and steps of the rotunda at the University of Virginia, sending a message to university administration that UVA workers and students are united against UVA's reopening plans. The protest was co-organized with UVA YDSA and Charlottesville DSA, and received strong press and social media coverage:

Today, the University of Virginia announced that they will continue ahead with their disastrous reopening plan for the Fall semester, inviting thousands of students back to Charlottes