UK UCU Strike
Protestors at the University of Leeds during a 2018 UCU pension strike.
Image credit: Alarichall

On behalf of its membership, the Executive Committee of the American Studies Association sends a message of support and solidarity to the striking members of the University and College Union (UCU).

We support the strike action protesting falling pay, management's attempt to cut worker pension schemes, the gender and ethic pay gap, precarious employment practices, and unsafe and abusive workloads. We lend our particular support to your strike for better working conditions – not just for faculty but for all academic staff, including PhD students, without whom our universities and colleges would fall apart.

Without a real investment in all of its staff, UK universities, like U.S. universities, fail in their mission to support student learning.

President: Scott Kurashige, University of Washington, Bothell

President Elect: Dylan E. Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside

Past President: Roderick A. Ferguson, Yale University

Executive Director: John F. Stephens

Councilor: Soyica Diggs Colbert, Georgetown University

Councilor: Hokulani Aikau, University of Utah

Councilor: Deborah Vargas, Rutgers University


Post date: December 2, 2019

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