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Bucknell campaign update

Nov 14, 2005 - posted by Amy Wollish, awollish(at)bucknell.edu

We, the Catalyst Collective, are fighting for workers rights in Central Pennsylvania at Bucknell University. Last spring we held a protest to support the 64 Bucknell dining services employees who were in danger of losing wages and benefits with the new dining services company (see photo). We attained about 2000 signatures in support of these workers. We presented these signatures to the president, and were able to guarantee attrition for at least those workers who had 15 years of service. This year, the dining services provider has been changed from Sodexho to Parkhurst. To develop communication with the workers, we had a worker appreciation day this fall, where we handed out 200 carnations, and provided food and buttons for workers. We are publishing the next edition of the Catalyst shortly, so right now we are compiling articles. Our goal is to have the edition ready right after Thanksgiving Break. We are also holding an open forum with the public safety officers to discuss their position on campus. Other than that, we are really excited to be hosting the Georgetown living wage members at our campus during the Spring semester!

 

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