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Announcement :: Labor
Support the Harvard Hunger Strike
04 May 2007
Cambridge, Mass--Yesterday, 11 students at Harvard University began an indefinite hunger strike in support of hundreds of newly unionized security guards at Harvard, in their fight to win a first contract with fair wages, steady full-time work, fair procedures, and the right to organize for all workers.
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SUPPORT THE HARVARD HUNGER STRIKE
The strike coincides with yesterday's decision by AlliedBarton, a private security firm contracted by Harvard, to walk away from the bargaining table. The strike will last until Harvard takes responsibility for the conditions of workers on its campus and makes a public statement supporting the basic standards demanded by guards and students.
Outsourced security officers at Harvard make $2-8 less than other service workers on campus, and $5-6 less than guards at comparable area universities. They have the lowest wages on campus, and until this year, they did not have a union. Harvard's response? "Not our problem."
Last semester, after being outsourced for years and losing union representation, officers joined with students to win the right to organize and, ultimately, elected a union! Now, AlliedBarton is even denying them that - misclassifying 32 guards as "managers" just to keep them out of the union. Harvard's response? Again: "Not our problem."
Students, workers, and community members are standing up for security. We believe security begins with justice. We believe that it IS Harvard's responsibility to ensure decent working conditions on our campus. So far, 23 student organizations and 1200 students, faculty, alumni and community members have said they agree with us. And there are more of us every day.
Security guards have gone without for too long - now students will go without until workers have what they need. Now is the time to STAND FOR SECURITY!
For more information about the campaign and the latest press coverage:
Here are three things you can do to help:
1. Sign the petition! http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/u7zw44K1XPyR/
2. Call in!
Harvard President Derek Bok, 617-495-1502
Call Director of Labor Relations Bill Murphy, 617-496-9193
Call AlliedBarton Security: 610-239-1100
Hello. My name is ______ and I am a student at _______. I am writing to express my support for Harvard security officers as they bargain for a better contract. They are members of the Harvard community and they should be rewarded fairly for the hard work they do. Security officers deserve wages as high as any other service workers on campus, safe and sanitary working conditions, full-time employment, fair procedures, and the right to organize! I am appalled that a university that purports to hold so much wisdom could be so ignorant of the basic needs and rights of people. It's time to stop denying your responsibility and start standing for security!
3. Write in!
President Derek Bok
derek_bok (at) harvard.edu
Directory of Labor Relations William Murphy
bmurphy (at) camail.harvard.edu
AlliedBarton CEO William Whitmore
I am writing to express my support for Harvard security officers as they bargain for a better contract. They are members of this community, they are fathers and mothers, they are friends and neighbors, and they should expect to be rewarded fairly for the hard work they do. $12.68/hour is not nearly enough; paying basic bills should not be a daily struggle. Security officers deserve wages as high as any other service workers on campus, safe and sanitary working conditions, full-time employment, fair procedures, and the right to organize! Would you accept anything less for yourselves?
I am appalled that a university that purports to hold so much wisdom could be so ignorant of the basic needs and rights of people. I am appalled that a university that believes all students should be trained in "moral reasoning" could reason so
immorally. Stop denying your responsibility and start standing for security!
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