What's the campus tour?
| Updates from the tour
| Calendar | Bring
us to your campus!
Updates from LWAC
2006: Students Take Action to Support Campus Workers;
Major Victories Across the U.S. May 12,
The good news keeps coming and coming! Campus chapters
Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Student
Labor Action Project (SLAP) have achieved a number
of exciting and important victories. Beginning with
Labor Week of Action, students carried out all sorts
of creative and effective actions to support struggles
of campus workers as well as global garment workers,
farmworkers who supply McDonald's, and many others —
257 actions and events in total! University administrators
have felt the heat and seen the power of students and
workers united! Check out some of the highlights...
runs around with the UVa Living Wage Campaign Apr
20, 2006 - Here I am, in the belly of the
beast, well at least one of them. I've spent the last
week and a half in Charlottesville, Virginia working
with the students in the Living Wage Campaign at the
University of Virginia. It's been an absolutely incredible
experience so far and I feel that there is still so
much more to come. The sit-in that happened in the last
week has galvanized the campus in a way that people
tell me is unprecedented on these "grounds".
It's both exhilarating and exhausting. I haven't gotten
much sleep but it's not stopping me, I am consistently
inspired to keep going by the students here, those involved
for a long time as well as those who have just gotten
involved in the last week... [read
Putting some "moves" into Western Michigan's Living Wage Campaign! Apr 5, 2006 - For the past few days, I have had the pleasure of working with the Living Wage Campaign Coalition at Western Michigan University. Students there have been organizing in solidarity with janitorial and housekeeping staff for the past two years, after WMU's administration subcontracted 60 formerly well paying, union jobs to union-busting and povery wage paying contractor CSM. After several rounds of meetings with their administration, including WMU president Bailey, the LWCC decided it was time to step things up and put a little "movement" back into Living Wage. :) [read more]
Dancin' for livable wages at U of Vermont! Apr 4, 2006 - I've been enjoying the surprisingly-decent weather up here in Burlington, VT, since Wednesday. On Thursday (March 30) I joined students, workers, faculty, union leaders and other members of the community speaking at a press conference organized by UVM's Student Labor Action Project (SLAP). The press conference kicked off SLAP's Week of Action at UVM, which culmintates this Friday (April 7) with a rally for livable wages* outside the administration's building -- quite possibly among the largest rallies in UVM's history... [read more]
Students Strategize to Support Janitors' Strike!
March 5, 2006 - LWAC has been working with
the amazing UMiami student living wage activists of
Towards A New Democracy (STAND) ever since our 2-day
LWAC training in October 2005. A couple weeks ago, students
found out that UMiami janitors (employed by contractor
UNICCO) planned to strike for living wages, healthcare
and union recognition by a card-check.
Students called LWAC to set up an all-day strategizing
session to plan out the next month as this campaign
escalates more and more! ... [read
and UMBC share strategy and tasty food. Mar
5, 2006 - On Sunday, Tamara and I spent the day
with some of the labor activists at University of Maryland
- Baltimore County. They had about 10 folks out at the
event, which was pretty awesome for a group that is
only 3 weeks old! ... At this point in their campaign,
they are focusing primarily on building relationships
with the workers on their campus and establishing themselves
as a group on campus. The students had their first workers
appreciation breakfast the first week of March and are
planning on making it a weekly event... [read
meets with Students & Workers at Miami U of Ohio.
Feb 27, 2006 - During the weekend of February 24-26,
Shalini and I headed out to Oxford, Ohio for three days
of planning, strategizing, and general merriment with
University of Ohio Students for Staff. Students
for Staff began organizing in the Fall of 2005, following
the lead of another student group, the Fair Labor Coalition,
which was formed around a strike led by custodial and
foodservice workers from AFSCME
local 209 two years ago... [read
Hot Campaign Plans Heat Up Cold Vermont Days.
Feb 21, 2006 - From February 16-18, Carl, Pedro, and
I headed up to the University of Vermont for three days
of workshops, planning, fun, and lots of hot drinks.
UVM's Student Labor Action Project launched a "Livable
Wages" campaign last fall, focusing mainly on foodservice
workers on their campus that are contracted by Sodexho,
but are demanding a living wage for all workers on their
campus. A living wage policy has already been adopted
by the city of Burlington, and it's about time that
the university catch up!... [read
LWAC gets cold in Buffalo. Feb 17,
2006 - Danielle and I just spent a fun-filled weekend
(Feb 3-5) at the University at Buffalo where we met
with students who are part of the University
at Buffalo Students Against Sweatshops group. They
are currently working on a Living Wage Campaign focusing
on the fact that many of the subcontracted janitors
are getting paid dramatically less than the directly
hired workers who are represented by CSEA local 602.
Why isn’t there ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’?
I ran into this same question at Georgetown when I was
a member of the Georgetown
Solidarity Committee working on a living wage campaign.
It’s not a coincidence that both campuses have
faced similar issues... [read
wage on the biggest campus in the US! Jan
31, 2006 - On January 27-29 Pedro, Maya, and I
flew in to Phoenix, Arizona for three days of workshops
and fun at Arizona State University in nearby Tempe,
AZ. The Living
Wage Coalition at ASU is focusing on their university's
huge foodservice contract, which currently is with Sodexho
Foodservices. The contract is going to be renogatiated
by the Fall of this year, and students will pressure
administrators to guarantee a living wage and the right
to organize for the next foodservice contract... [read
Start of the Semester Update Jan
26, 2006 - 2006 has started with a bang for LWAC!
Our new staffer, Brie Phillips, began in early January
and has been an amazing addition to the collective.
She joined us from the Student-Farmworker Alliance where
she worked as national co-coordinator... This past weekend
LWAC hosted a “Train the Trainers” Retreat...
LWAC explores the Lone Star State!
Jan 8, 2006 - In early December, Jack and I
spent a week in the large state of Texas with awesome
folks at three schools: Texas A&M, Baylor and UT-Austin.
A&M Living Wage Coalition had organized “Beat
the Hell Outta Poverty” week and we were invited
to run some workshops and teach-ins. They have a small
but dedicated group of students... [read
UMiami students STAND with UNICCO workers!
Nov 22, 2005 - This past weekend Pedro, Ginny,
and I spent some time with the wonderful folks of STAND
Towards A New Democracy - at the University of Miami,
a group of students working in solidarity with the UNICCO
janitors. The janitors, who have been trying to organize...
and U Chicago! Nov 12-13, 2005
LWAC goes 'home' to Bryn
Mawr Nov 3, 2005
Moravian and Lehigh
Oct 30, 2005
It feels good in California!
Oct 25, 2005
Living Wage in the County
Capital of the World! Oct 20, 2005
LWAC heads to UMKC's 'Tent
State' Oct 6, 2005
LWAC hits the North East,
Meets USAS high schoolers Oct 4, 2005
LWAC visits University
of Wisconsin-Madison Oct 3, 2005
LWAC's tour has begun!
(UMW, Wash. College, UC system) Sept 21, 2005
Join us on our campus
tour! Aug 31, 2005
LWAC is online! Aug