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Thu Nov 22, 2018, 12:29 PM

Annelie Klein spearheads first union for public university employees in Georgia

The United Campus Workers of Georgia is the first union for public university employees in Georgia. Key members point to Annelie Klein for spearheading its creation, but Klein said she’s had difficulties seeing the activist in herself.

Klein is a student affairs specialist and graduate coordinator assistant at the University of Georgia. She described her job as guiding Ph.D. students in two programs in the school of pharmacy from their application to the time they graduate or matriculate. She is also in charge of a residency program of 20-22 students.

As far as leisure time goes, Klein doesn’t have much since she helped found and lead UCWGA as a member on its steering committee. Tom Smith, the lead organizer for United Campus Workers, who worked and continues to work closely with Klein attested to this.

“If this work was easy, it would have happened already. Everything that she’s been involved in doing has been stuff that, in so many other contexts, people would say is impossible. People would tell you it’s impossible for state workers in Georgia to build a union,” Smith said.

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