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Fall 2005: What's up in the world
of campus-community solidarity?
This is a list compiled by United
Students Against Sweatshops about all the campaigns
that fall within the Campus-Community
Solidarity Committee (CCSC), which includes living
wage campaigns and union solidarity campaigns.
Harvard janitors negotiated a new contract, with Student
Labor Action Movement supporting them all the way.
Simmons students have been organizing in solidarity
with janitorial workers and have their eyes on living
Tufts is working to start a SLAP chapter, and folks
are also interested in a WRC affiliation campaign.
Emerson has worked in solidarity with janitors and
food service workers for years, has established language-exchange
programs, and wrote a play in which workers and students
SUNY Buffalo has been hosting Worker Appreciation Brunches
that has built many worker relationships. Let’s
hear it for worker breakfasts! Two workers have been
fired in response to the increase relationship building.
They’re having a worker speak-out this Thursday
and are building a broad-based coalition.
Wellesley College has been supporting workers during
contract negotiations with IMSEUA, in addition to their
famous Sweatshop Simulation work!
Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr all have eyes
on living wages and supporting workers organizing. Students
came together with their mid-Atlantic companions and
the Living Wage Action Coalition to strategize for workers’
Ursinus College is thinking living wage as well, and
is helping to pull together another Mid-Atlantic meetup
this coming Saturday. Yay! [more
University of Virginia has had an ongoing living wage
campaign for years, and it's heating up! A worker was
fired recently, read this update from SUUVA, a CWA affiliate
union who represent workers at UVA:
http://suuva.org/articles/342/university-fire-charter-critic-the-daily-progress-november-24-2005 [more on Virginia]
Georgetown has been continuing to struggle with living
wage implementation, working towards union recognition
for subcontracted janitorial workers, and supporting
organizing of Allied security guards. [more
Temple has been working to support Allied Security
Guards in Philadelphia and works closely with Philly
Moravian College, another group with stalwart worker-appreciation
brunch, is also gearing up for living wages and has
helped establish cross-campus organizing with Lehigh
University around progressive campus activism.
UNC Chapel Hill Student Action with Workers/SAS have
held an educational occupation in their administration
building. We’ve sent an action alert about this,
so if you haven’t called their chancellor yet,
do that! Food service workers there have been struggling
to organize for about a year now. Housekeeping workers
are organized as a minority union with UE150, and they’ve
been working to educate and struggle against North Carolina’s
anti-collective bargaining laws for public workers.
Duke has been working with Durham CAN on a Living Wage
campaign, supporting workers at a nearby meat-packing
plant (check out http://www.smithfieldjustice.com/)
Hampton students participating in a nationwide anti-war
demonstration were repressed by campus police and threatened
with expulsion. To support their struggle, check out:
University of Georgia/Athens have also been building
a living wage campaign. Check out their site!
University of Tennessee at Knoxville continues building
for a living wage off of last year’s success,
and working to support the union-building process in
an anti-union state (a.k.a. “right to work”).
They’ve been doing some innovative teach-ins at
classes on their campus where students figure for themselves
what a living wage would be, and why UTK’s isn’t.
Vanderbilt also continues on the heels of a victory
to press for living wages — they succeeded in
getting a raise in the wage floor for low-wage workers,
but won’t stop until it’s a livable one.
[more on Vanderbilt]
University of Miami students have been supporting Unicco
janitorial workers in a difficult union struggle. [more
Washington University in St. Louis continues their
victory with monitoring and enforcing their big living
wage win from last Spring. [more
on Wash U]
Notre Dame has come on strong with a living wage campaign
in the wake of the Taco Bell campaign’s victory.
Purdue U students have been supporting a local Justice
for Janitors campaign
Western Michigan University has been meeting with their
administration, and held a spontaneous call—in
day after organizing a conference around progressive
organizing with Living Wage Action Coalition! [more on WMich]
Loyola University in Chicago has been building for
a simultaneous living wage/sweat-free campaign push.
U Chicago continues to support efforts for worker democracy
UMKC students are working towards living wages for
Arizona State University students have been working
on supporting carpenters’ efforts against union-busting.
UCSD builds for a big year of living wages after supporting
the successful AFSCME 1-day strike last Spring.
Stanford are supporting Stanford Hospital janitorial
workers during contract negotiations, which are at a
crucial point this week!,They’ve been supporting
a struggle for living wages for years, as well.
Lewis & Clark students have been working to support
outsourced janitorial workers’ rights to organize.