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TSEU Organizer Contact: TAYLOR JONES
in the Austin TSEU office: (512)448-4225

University Caucus Statement of Principles and Goals: We are employees of state universities – serving as instructors, custodians, nurses, administrative employees, food service workers, librarians, electricians, security officers, lab technicians, maintenance employees and countless other positions. We are equally essential to carrying out the important missions of our campuses and institutions. We are united in our efforts to fulfill the Texas constitutional mandate to “maintain universities of the first-class”.

Sign-The-PetitionPlease[ONGOING – sign the petition today!] Take action NOW to Save our pensions – keep up the pressure!

[FEB 2018] Organizing Works – NOW it’s time to turn up the pressure – sign our petition today!
Your petitions and emails to the TRS Board of Trustees were received and heard! Due to the overwhelming amount of communication received from members with concern regarding the experience study and recommended lowered rate of return, the Board has decided at the Feb 14th meeting to table their vote on lowering the rate of return until the April 19th meeting.
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160908_UTscrapsSharedServicesEnormous cost overruns cited, UT cancels Shared Services pilot program

[SEPT 2016] The primary component of UT Austin’s controversial Shared Services plan, the Central Business Office (CBO) pilot program, has been shelved.  An email from UT Austin’s senior vice president and chief financial officer to all staff on August 22 lamented that the CBO pilot program “has not produced the savings and efficiencies initially anticipated.”  In fact, according to an FAQ uploaded to the Transforming UT website, “the program instead resulted in net additional costs in excess of $600,000 per fiscal year” and was the reason for its cancellation. [READ MORE]

160906_education-cuts_squareLt. Governor calls for cuts in aid to low-income students, university budgets

[SEPT 2016] Lt. Governor Dan Patrick asked the Senate Higher Education Committee to meet last month to consider eliminating a program that provides aid to hundreds of thousands of needy and poor students in Texas—a growing number of whom are Hispanic.
“Tuition set-asides” funded financial aid to over 200,000 low-income students last year.  Wealthier students underwrite the program by contributing a portion of their tuition for grants and work study programs that assist students who can show need to pay for their college education. [READ MORE]