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Our Platform at the University of Kentucky

Chop From the Top

During this time of crisis, we are arguing that high-paid administrators should take pay cuts before going after the least paid workers on campus. We believe that UK should not be using this crisis as an excuse to go after low-paid workers and students, to further privatize our public land-grant institution, or to further chip away at faculty shared governance. Instead, we believe that high-paid administrations should take cuts themselves and offer all campus workers job security, a living wage, affordable and comprehensive health insurance, a safe work environment free of racism where all workers are respected, and a real voice in decision-making.

Health, Safety, and Dignity

We ask that UK President Eli Capilouto take the following steps to ensure the health, safety, and dignity of all campus workers during the pandemic and beyond:

  • Meet the Kentucky Labor Department's "Healthy-at-Work" Requirements for all Business, which include guaranteeing the right for all campus workers whose work allows it to telework, implementing daily temperature checks for in-person staff, and being transparent around contract-tracing and COVID-19 cases. None of these steps have been implemented University-wide.
  • Offer Hazard Pay to all front-line workers during the pandemic and a living wage for all campus workers, in particular graduate, facilities, and part-time workers beyond the pandemic.
  • Make major improvements to the current paid family leave policies and supports for all staff, faculty, and graduate students who are parents or caretakers.
  • Racial Justice

    United Campus Workers of Kentucky supports the Movement for Black Lives. Both publicly, and in meetings with the administration, we have proposed that President Eli Capilouto address racism by taking the concrete steps of:

    Protecting the Rights of International Academics

    UCWKY stands with international academics during this difficult time. Both nationally (in conjunction with our parent union, CWA) and locally, we have advocated for the rights of immigrant scholars. At the University of Kentucky, we have Proposed that Eli Capilouto take the following steps to support international scholars:

    • Cancel the University and college fees for international academics, and reimburse the governmental fees charged to international academics
    • Work with UCW to improve the support services that International academics receive
    • Extend more opportunities for summer funding to international students; and
    • Create a database for employment opportunities available to international students.

    Supporting Families

    We are in favor of the administration taking the following steps at UK to support workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Offer free UK Childcare for UK students and workers, or waivers at other centers.
    • Create a UK-provided drop-in center for childcare.
    • Create a pool of qualified and subsidized babysitters.
    • Offer the right to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents need to be able to be at home as schools throughout the Commonwealth and tri-state area are not offering full-time in-person education, and many childcare centers are closed, have even longer waitlists than usual, or have raised their rates.
    • Offer paid parental leave for 6 weeks to all workers.
    • Offer Graduate Teaching Assistants funding extensions so they can stay home with kids during the pandemic.
    • Extend EFMLEA or a version of paid family leave to graduate students unable to take on assistantships while caring for dependents.
    • Alter the normative time clock for faculty and graduate students. Create different standards for “good progress” during this pandemic.
    • Create a parent resource center with activity backpacks to check out, and staff who can help parents connect with resources and each other.
    • Create a kids playroom, library, and playground.
    • Offer more and better lactation rooms, and change all signage and language from "mother’s" to "lactation" or "parent resource" rooms.
    • Install more changing tables and equal numbers in both male and female restrooms, as well as universal bathrooms.
    • Remove university policy that discourages children on campus.