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Announcement :: Labor
Living Wage Rally at Mt. Holyoke today 2/26
by Free Ed
25 Feb 2004
and Press Conference
for Fair Labor
Thursday Feb. 26
12:15 Blanchard Ctr.
Mount Holyoke, South Hadley
Speakers include: concerned students, faculty and staff, day laborers,and misclassification workers . .
Also hear: endorsements from Barabra Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Naom Chomsky, and a statement from Senator Melconian, class of '70
contact: sca (at) ifairtrade.net, 413.493.4887
Mount Holyoke is a well respected Liberal arts school with a commitment to social justice,
we fail to uphold this value in many of our labor practices when we use contractors who:
ILLEGALLY MISCLASSIFY WORKERS (link to pamphlet)
USE DAY LABOR PAID UNDER MINIMUM WAGE (links to pamphlet)
WHEN PARTIES DO NOT REMAIN NEUTRAL
Many of us believe we must seize this opportunity to be leaders in the educational community and fulfill our highest values.
The Labor Coalition has proposed an
Employer Code of Conduct
We of today are standing as Mary Lyon did ninety-seven years ago [158 years ago]. We have our theory of social equality for all just as she had hers of equality of educational opportunity for all. Her greatness lay in that she put into action in a definite time and place and with certain definite persons her belief that women everywhere should be educated to the full measure of their possibilities. The challenge to us today is to be doers in the field in which we think.
Frances Perkins on Mary Lyon
Mount Holyoke College has a longstanding commitment to social justice and leadership. As a premiere educational institution, we seek maintain our historic commitment to moral values. With the pressures of the new global economy, it is important that we do not compromise these values for financial considerations. Mount Holyoke is a "fair labor practice employer,” ensuring that it and all contractors doing business with it secure and uphold the following rights:
1. Employees have the right to a minimum wage of $12.00 an hour.
2. Outsourced and contracted employees must be properly classified as employees rather than independent subcontractors, and be treated as such for the purposes of workers compensation, insurance coverage, unemployment taxes, social security, and income tax withholding.
3. Employees at educational institutions have the right to participate fully in determining the conditions of their work. Every employee has the right to free association, to organize unions o refrain from organizing without fear of retaliation, and to good-faith bargaining. Whenever a majority of employees have expressed the desire to be represented by a union - whether by signing a petition or union card, or by voting in a union election - colleges and universities should recognize their union.
These rights should be guaranteed to all employees, including service and maintenance workers; clerical and technical workers; security personnel; faculty and professional staff; full-time, part-time, and subcontracted employees; temporary workers and day laborers; and adjunct instructors and graduate-student employees.
4.The Fair Labor Practices Committee will monitor Mount Holyoke's commitment to these policies. A revised committee consisting of two students, one unionized staff and one non-unionized staff persons, one permanent and one temporary faculty members, chaired by the Ombudsperson will have the right of investigating fair labor practices violations; especially with regard to workers who have no other grievance procedure available to them. Based on their investigation they will make recommendations to the relevant supervisor or the Vice President for Administration and Finance.
These rights should be guaranteed to all employees (excluding student workers), including faculty and professional staff; full-time, part-time, and subcontracted employees; temporary workers and day laborers.
Student Coalition for Action Meetings: Every Thursday 9pm, Mead Living room
Contact: sca (at) ifairtrade.net
The (neo-) liberal arts college:
How we participate in the national trend of unfair labor practices
Join us for a lecture and discussion with Professor Ahmet Tonak of Simons Rock College
Tuesday, February 17
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