About Us

United Campus Workers - CWA Local 3865 is Tennessee's higher education union for all faculty, staff, and graduate workers in the state. Since 2003, we have been affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, a nationwide union representing over 700,000 members in education, healthcare, public service,  communications, airlines and more. UCW-CWA is part of the national AFL-CIO and active in our local Central Labor Councils.

Right now the future is uncertain. Our state government has made deep cuts to funding, has pushed for radical privatization, and attacks academic freedom and progressive programming. Our campuses are being run like corporations and Wall Street, not like the bedrock public institutions of education and service they ought to be - the institutions we deserve.

More and more, campuses across Tennessee rely on low-wage labor at the expense of full-time jobs with benefits, regular raises, job protections - and the dignity and respect we've earned. But it doesn't have to be that way. UCW is standing up for change, from right on campus to the hall of the legislature. Join us!