2015 USAS National Conference
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Calling all students!
It’s time for us to join with workers to unite against corporate greed! This past year we’ve seen strong fights and exciting victories. Workers in Los Angeles staged their first sit-in at Walmart, adjunct professors have been organizing for fair pay and respect, hundreds of fast food workers have been taking to the streets, and communities have been mobilizing around the country against police brutality. This February, hundreds of students from across the nation are coming together at this pivotal moment in history to build a stronger movement for justice on campus.
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is a national student-led movement with over 150 locals. We campaign in solidarity with workers on our campuses and in factories abroad, using our leverage as students to win historic victories over multinational corporations. Now we want you to join us!
This year’s National Conference will be on February 20-21. USAS members voted to hold the conference at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, home of the Tennessee Volunteers and one of the most anti-union governors in the country. Here, students and workers have been battling right to work (for less) legislation, malicious attacks on women’s health, and huge cuts to higher education. Students and workers have been on the front lines in one of the most hostile political climates in the country. In fact, Tennessee USASers have been taking action with their campus workers and community organizations for a statewide living wage campaign on campus. There couldn’t be a better time for us to unite in Knoxville.
The 2015 National Conference is a unique chance to gather with hundreds of students committed to taking back our universities and demanding respect for workers and affordable quality education for all. At the conference, you will:
- Learn how to organize National USAS campaigns in solidarity with workers both on our campuses and who sew our schools’ apparel in factories abroad
- Sharpen your organizing skills and get new ideas for your local group with workshops and trainings lead by veteran student and labor organizers.
- Join teams of students already working to build our student-labor movement, share experiences with organizers from all walks of life, and make our work more dynamic, creative and fun.
- Be part of a powerful, nationally-coordinated student movement that fights for justice, and wins!
18 years after students formed USAS to counter the power of multinational corporations and corporate-friendly college administrators, we are celebrating our major student-worker victories, past, present, and future. We know that when we organize in solidarity with workers producing our clothes, taking care of our campuses, and fighting for education justice, we are stronger together.
Will you join us to build a student movement to stop sweatshop universities? Whether you’re totally new to activism, or have some experience under your belt, register now and we’ll send you more information on how you can get involved!
See you in Tennessee.