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News :: Race
Worker Solidarity Protest at Harvard
26 Mar 2010
On Thursday, March 25th at 5 PM, nearly 70 protesters converged at 1350 Massachusetts Ave. in front of Harvard's Holyoke Center administration building to protest Harvard's policies toward its employees. The protest was called by a group of Harvard United Clerical and Technical Workers Union members.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the group is called Reform HUCTW, and is "a leftist core group." Reform HUCTW's grievances against Harvard include the policy of converting union jobs to seasonal temporary positions, as well as outright layoffs, in spite of Harvard's 26 billion dollar endowment.

Members of the Boston Anti-Authoritarian Movement, Industrial Workers of the World, Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement, Service Employees International Union, Jobs With Justice, Socialist Alternative, and Bail Out the People, among other organizations, joined HUCTW members at the protest. Potesters marched in a circle in front of the Holyoke Center for over an hour, led by one HUCTW member with a bullhorn. Chants included "Harvard workers are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!" and "Hey, Harvard, you've got cash, why do you treat your workers like trash?" Police presence was minimal, with only two Harvard officers observing the protest. Nobody was arrested.

In addition to broad-based mistreatment of clerical workers, Harvard has a history of racial discrimination. HUCTW member Ravi Raj, an IT specialist, was subjected to racial epithets and harassment by his superior at Harvard, and threatened with termination when he complained. Harvard fired Raj after he filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Raj has retained a lawyer and is pursuing legal action against Harvard.

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