Upcoming Events


Bangladeshi Workers Speak Out on Sweatshops

When: February 13th at 4:30pm

Where: Student Union Room 3408

            Almost a year after the largest industrial factory disaster in history killed more than 1,000 people in Bangladesh, Student Action with Workers is proud to host Kalpona Akter and Reba Sikder, two Bangladeshi garment workers leaders who are leading the fight in Bangladesh for safe workplaces and living wages. Reba is a survivor of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that claimed the lives of over 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers. Kalpona  is the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. They will speak about the causes and consequences of deadly factory disasters in Bangladesh, and their struggle to force brands to accept responsibility for the safety conditions in their factories by signing the Bangladesh Safety Accord.

This event is the latest in Student Action with Workers campaign to get UNC to require brands that do business with us to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord. This is part of a national campaign by United Students Against Sweatshops. Four universities – UPenn, NYU, Temple, and Duke – have already required their brands to sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord. Let’s make UNC the next university to take a stand against sweatshops!

This will be an incredibly powerful and informative opportunity for workers to speak directly with students and faculty about conditions in the global apparel industry, their struggle for justice, and how students can stand in solidarity. We hope to see you there!

To find out more information about this event, or to cosponsor it, please contact Student Action with Workers at sawsecure@googlegroups.com.

Student Power Internal Teach-in

Come see SAW and other student organizations explain their issues, their campaigns, and how YOU can be involved in the movements for justice and equality at UNC!

January 23, 2013 at 8pm at the Campus Y 

1) Solidarity with Campus Workers
2) In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
3) Student and Community Led Reforms to University Sexual Assault Policy
4) Plaque on Silent Sam Confederate Monument
5) Student Input in UNC Endowment Investments; Sustainable Investing! 


Letter Delivery to Chancellor Thorp – Stand Against SB 575: 

Thursday March 29th, –  12pm on the steps of South Building on UNC-CH’s campus

Coalition Against State Bill 575 meeting: 

Wednesday March 28th, 2012 – 4:30pm in Saunders 321 on UNC-CH’s campus

Rise Up NC! Student Organizing Conference

Rise Up NCSaturday March 17th, 9am to 5pm Campus Y
“There is no single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Our universities and communities are full of issues that we are addressing as student groups– tuition hikes, gender neutral housing, workers’ rights, environmental justice– just to name a few. Regardless of the struggle, we all require organizing skills to be successful in fighting for social change. UNC Student Action with Workers (SAW) is hosting a student organizing conference where we will have experienced organizers from across NC and the country to train us in various skills such as turnout on campus, coalition building, campaign strategy and planning, media and messaging, and more. We are inviting you to join us. The conference will be held on March 17 at the Campus Y on UNC-CH’s campus from 9am-5pm.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

UNC Solidarity Fast and Vigil with UVA Hunger Strikers for a Living Wage!

We may not be as hungry for food, but we’re just as hungry for justice. Join UNC students in showing our solidarity and support for UVA hunger strikers and workers by participating in a 24 hour solidarity fast on Thursday, March 1. We are also fasting in solidarity with all workers who are not paid a living wage, especially workers at our own University. We will begin fasting on Wednesday, February 29, at 8pm and break our fast on Thursday, March 1, at 8pm.  Please wear orange on Thursday to show that you are participating in the fast!

Join us for a vigil on Thursday, March 1, at 6pm on the steps of South Building.  This is the same time that the UVA Living Wage campaign holds their daily vigils.


Protect Your Education: Voices Raised Against Tuition Increases

Press Conference and Rally

When: February 1,  5pm-6pm

Where: The steps of South Building on UNC-CH’s campus

Student Action with Workers is co-sponsoring this event with UNC NAACP, Campus Y, Education Justice Alliance, Students for a Democratic Society, and NC Defend Education. Reverend Barber, the NAACP president, will be speaking along with UNC-System students about tuition increases and how they will be affecting our lives, our universities, and our state.

RSVP on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/events/334468213240824/


Fight Back! Organizer Boot Camp

When: November 12-13

Where: Florida International University in Miami, Florida

UNC Student Action with workers is aiding Mecha and USAS in hosting a student-run and student organized weekend to train effective student organizers that will lead the fight against inequality on college campuses.

Meet Workers Who Sew UNC Apparel

sponsored by USAS & Student Action with Workers
Tuesday, September 20th, 12:30pm
Hanes Room 107

Join workers Maritza Vargas and Elba Nurys from Alta Gracia, the only living-wage, union-made apparel factory in the collegiate market, as they share their inspiring history of collaboration with students and how their community, Villa Altagracia, is being transformed by living wages. Now, for the first time, a living-wage of more than three-and-a-half-times the Dominican minimum wage is allowing them to access health care, quality food and housing, and invest in education for themselves and their family. They’re represented by a union, which means a voice in the workplace. This New York Times article is a great introduction to the project, and this video gives a fun overview of the history of the factory.


Fight for a Just Carolina with UNC Housekeepers!

When: July 9, 6-8pm

SAW invites you to a gathering of faculty, community members, students, and UNC workers. We are coming together to raise funds for UNC housekeepers organizing to fight sexual harassment, racism, and other forms of discrimination which run rampant in Housekeeping Services. You may have read recently in the Independent or Daily Tar Heel about a lawsuit being brought before the university, but this is only one part of the struggle. Housekeepers have been organizing with students and are gearing up to take on their hostile work environment. They need support! To sustain the next six months of organizing, we want to raise $5000 to provide Spanish, Burmese and Karen interpreting and translation, childcare for meetings, gas, printing, and other organizing materials.

Come enjoy food, music and conversation and listen to housekeepers speak out about their own experiences. Learn first hand about this important struggle from housekeepers at one of the most prestigious public universities in the country. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to uncsaw (at) gmail (dot) com and more information will be sent to you about the location.

If you have any questions or would like to donate prior to the event email uncsaw (at) gmail (dot) com or call Laurel Ashton at 828-713-3864.  Please make all checks out to Student Action with Workers.

UNC Facilities Workers Sit-Out on the Steps of South Building
This ThursdayApril 7th
9am to 5am Maintenance workers sit out
Noon to 1 Rally for Workers’ Rights!
Workers’ Rights are Human Rights!
Don’t Eliminate the 4/10 Schedule!
Collective Bargaining For All!

Attend the Sanitation 2
Chapel Hill Town Appeals Hearing

You’ve Seen the Coverage; NOW is the Time to Make a Difference! Hear the Evidence for Yourself

THIS Thurs Feb 3,  6pm (vigil), 7pm (hearing)
Chapel Hill Library
Library Dr, off Estes Dr (by E. Franklin St)

Stop Retaliation for Filing Grievances!
Rehire the Sanitation 2!

Sanitation 2 – Clyde Clark (speaking), and Rev Kerry Bigelow (behind
with tie) –  surrounded by UE150, student and community supporters,
receive backing from hundreds at CH-C NAACP MLK Day Rally, Jan 17
recalling MLK’s dying championing of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation
Workers Union’s strike for justice.

Other Support Action:

1. Attend: Last Sanitation 2 Hearing, Wed, Feb 9, 7pm, Chapel Hill Library.

2. Contact Mayor,Town Council at 919/968-2714 or
*Rehire the Sanitation2!
*Stop Retaliation for Filing Grievances!
*Discipline Management who hired Anti-Worker, Anti-Union CAI!

UE150, NC Public Service Workers Union 336-675 -2083-


Students and Workers Unite for a Better Carolina
What:  Student and Workers Unite for a Better Carolina
When: November 22, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Hamilton 100, UNC-CH campus

Come join students, workers, and community members to learn about UNC-CH’s history of worker struggles on campusand to discuss how students can support worker rights on our campus today.

Hear about how Lenoir employees, with the help of UNC students, went on strike in the 1960s and successfully increased their wages and the wages of 5,000 other state employees. Hear first hand accounts of how UNC-CH housekeepers sued the University in the 1990s on issues of discrimination and won pay raises and University recognition of their union. Finally, explore worker struggles that are happening on our campus today and talk with other students, campus workers, and community members about how students can help support these struggles.

Campus workers are what makes our university great. For our university community to move forward towards a more just and equal Carolina, we must first learn where we have been. Come be a part of the movement

Endorsed By: Campus Y, Student Action with Workers, UNC NAACP, Black Student Movement, Feminist Students United, Campaign for Historical Accuracy and Truth, United with Northside Community NOW,


One response to “Upcoming Events

  1. uncsaw

    Congratulations SAW and USAS on the successful worker tour event this afternoon!

    50 students gathered in Dey 305 at noon today to hear Maritza Vargas and Gina Cano speak about their experiences working in Nike sweatshops making clothes for our school. These worker activists fought together with students to transform Nike’s sweatshop abuses into historic victories for worker rights. We learned about the new Alta Gracia apparel line, one of the few union run factories, and how UNC-CH has refused to sell this line of clothing! This is our university and as students we demand that UNC support worker justice and dignity and begin to sell Alta Gracia products!

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