UCW Petition for Cost of Living Adjustments and Fairness at EKU
We, the undersigned employees and community supporters of Eastern Kentucky University–including graduate students, faculty, and staff–call on President David McFaddin and the Board of Regents to take the following steps to address and rectify long-standing concerns that undermine EKU’s ability to carry out its mission as a “School of Opportunity” for communities in our service region.

Whereas EKU workers have not received regular cost of living adjustments in over fifteen years, despite inflation rates of up to 8.5%, the highest since 1982;

Whereas EKU graduate student employees are among the most overworked and underpaid workers in the state, in addition to being required to pay high tuition rates;

Whereas the United Campus Workers of Kentucky Workplace Survey–which over 10% of the University workforce completed–reported 76.9% of respondents performing uncompensated work for EKU, 70.7% of respondents expressing wage dissatisfaction, and 49.3% of respondents feeling undervalued by EKU Administration;

Whereas pay for both hourly and salaried positions, across all departments and divisions, is not competitive with other institutions, leading to high turnover and difficulty in the hiring of qualified new workers;

 And Whereas decision-makers at EKU have embraced a corporate model for the University by  consolidating, privatizing, and cutting jobs in student-related units while increasing budgets for athletics and upper administration positions;

 Be it resolved that we call upon the President and the Board of Regents to enact the following measures:

●     Implement an immediate 10% Cost of Living (COLA) raise to all workers (including graduate assistants) across the university; and commit in writing to ongoing COLA and step increases for all workers in future budgets;

●     Implement full tuition waivers and increase base stipends for graduate assistants;

●     Commit to these necessary changes without making any cuts to existing programs or employees of the university; and commit in writing to restore staffing levels in all units so as to effectively and equitably serve students and ensure the success of the continued academic mission of EKU.
 
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United Campus Workers of Kentucky
UCW is the wall-to-wall public higher education union for the Southeast with locals in almost every state in the region and is affiliated with the Communication Workers of America. In Kentucky, in the last two years, workers have grown their union to over 600 dues-paying faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate workers with seven chapters across the Commonwealth (including our new chapter at EKU!). Together, we are fighting for a Kentucky higher education system which puts students, staff, and faculty first.

You can join UCW Kentucky at ucwkentucky.org/join and learn more at ucwkentucky.org.

At the University of Kentucky, the largest chapter of UCW, workers have already organized and won things like:
-- 15/hr base pay for staff (up from 10.40/hr when they started organizing)
-- A 10% raise for graduate workers in the College of Arts & Sciences
-- Increased COVID Safety measures
-- A reversal of undemocratic decisions by President Eli Capilouto which occurred without faculty or staff input in regards to the appointments of deans
-- And a bunch more!

Join us to build a stronger voice for faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate workers at EKU!
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