United Students Against Sweatshops
17th Annual National Conference
University of Texas in Austin, TX
February 7 and 8, 2014
Registration deadline: January 10. Deadline to apply for travel scholarships: January 1.
Calling all students!
It’s time for students and workers to raise our voices! This past year we’ve seen an unprecedented wave of resistance, from Walmart workers and Chicago teachers striking for fair pay and respect, to fast food workers in New York City walking off the job, to undocumented students winning in-state tuition. 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 organization run entirely by students. We campaign alongside workers on our campuses and abroad, using our leverage as students to win historic victories over billionaire corporations. And we want you to join us!
USAS members voted to hold the conference at the University of Texas at Austin, home of the Longhorns and where the weather is as unpredictable as its citizens. Here in the birthplace of right to work (for less), women’s health care is under attack, our immigrant community is under attack, and minorities are being attacked left and right. Students and workers are on the front lines fighting to reverse these attacks in one of the most hostile political climates of the country.
Like USAS organizers on more than 150 other campuses, UT students are taking action together with campus workers and the UT community to stop the privatization of our university and the outsourcing of hundreds of jobs. We can’t wait to have you in Texas to fight alongside UT campus workers to stop the corporatization of UT.
The 2014 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 about and plan national USAS campaigns with workers who sew our schools’ clothes and with workers on our campuses.
- Sharpen your organizing skills and get new ideas for your campus 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!
17 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 and our communities, from the workers in Bangladesh, to students and homeowners fighting Wells Fargo foreclosures in Minnesota, to campus workers at UTexas, 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 Texas!