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Letter to the Editor | Speak up, stand with Tulane Workers United

In 2021, I was the first to call for the abolition of Tulane University’s racially and systemically oppressive student government, advocating for a new governance structure that represented and amplified the voices of all students. This effort led to the establishment of the Tulane Undergraduate Assembly, known as TUA, in spring 2023, where Da’Sean Spencer, he/him, and I were elected to serve as the inaugural co-chairs.

The mission of TUA is clear: “To listen, understand, and advocate for the will of the student body.” Today, I’m calling upon the Tulane administration to take its students’ lead and embody these values by voluntarily recognizing the Tulane Workers United union.

Over 200 students have signed a petition backing the union’s recognition, and this support is growing daily.

To current students: you hold the power to advocate for change at Tulane, in New Orleans and across Louisiana. Your access to power, inherent by going to Tulane, is a privileged position few have in Louisiana. Exercising that power starts by first making sure our house is in order. 

Regrettably, Tulane University has not engaged in good faith during union negotiations with Tulane Workers United, even threatening to arrest faculty members for engaging with university leadership. Following these threats, it was the collective protest of students and faculty that compelled the administration to agree to the date and terms of the TWU unionization election. This is the power of our united student voice in action.

Here’s how you can help: the TWU unionization vote is currently set for May 8. Amidst your finals and year-end activities, I urge you to find ways to demonstrate your support. 

TUA delegates Kioja Johnson and Anthony Priester have proposed a resolution urging the Tulane administration to recognize Tulane Workers United without delay or obstruction. I encourage you to attend TUA’s meetings on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and support this resolution. The student resolution will be heard and voted upon on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. 

Your voice matters. Stand with TWU and support the call — oh, and make this alum proud. 

Former co-chair Jay Hartley, they/them, Tulane Undergraduate Assembly

Tulane University class of 2023



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