Archive for the 'Harvard Labor Matters' Category

Toward a definition of freedom.

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Mako Hill

Eben Moglen, President of the Software Freedom Law Center made some interesting remarks about why Free Software managed to get as far as it did, whereas other works have suffered more damage. Basically, software was easy to protect because there was not a prior body of law rigidly defining property rights. Other works are covered by pre-existing long standing law.

The Wikipedians are here!

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Meeting in Pound Hall [where Registration also happens] with a few sessions in the Ames Courtroom in AUstin Hall, It is really quite exciting. I don’t multi-task as well as the young people so my reporting will lag a bit, but you can follow the action through streams on the conference website. The conference will continue through this afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. Y’all come! It does cost money. People with employers that respect them could ask for professional development money? Details are on the conference website.

Jimbo Wales talk gave a much richer picture of the political economy/sociology/cognitive model of the organization behind Wikipedia and related projects. It is much more realistic than catch phrases that appear in the news. At the same time, Wales has built what is overwhelmingly a volunteer organization and seems to understand that he has to take direction from them as well as give it. It is a relatively open communication model. Very different from … oh … say … the Harvard College Library. I’ll go into this in more detail in time.

My apologies to the folks in Harvard’s Lamont, Littauer, and Widener Libraries. I misjudged my time and didn’t get to invite y’all personally.

I must further apoligize! I should have invited everybody in Havard College Library. Heck Harvard University Library. Heck alll 5000 members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers. Ok Derek, you can come too.

Randy.f

Union steward AFSCME local 3650

Defending the Right to Unionize: Labor confronts the Bush Board.

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AFL-CIO rally at the Boston office ot the Natioanl Labor Relations Board
Gathering of organized labor at the steps of the Thomas P. O’ Neill Federal Office Building on Casuway Street in Boston. The National Labor Relations Board has an office there.
Workers’ Rights Threatened by Upcoming Decision from Bush’s NLRB

Have you ever showed a co-worker how to perform a task at work? Have you ever been asked to look over someone else’s work? If so, the Bush appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is poised to make a decision which could affect your right to join a union.

Jobs with Justice has the full story….

Asleep on the job?

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The guy by the door missed this call on Wednesday from S.E.I.U 615 to support Harvard janitors laid off for the summer. Fortunately, SLAM was on the case:

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RALLY TO SUPPORT HARVARD JANITORS!

Every year the Unicco Service Company at Harvard temporarily lays off several
janitors and during this period the janitors lose their health insurance.

Many of the workers have children and it’s dangerous for them to be without
insurance.

Join in solidarity with the janitors from SEIU Local 615 to say:

STOP PLAYING WITH OUR HEALTH!
CONSISTENT HEALTH COVERAGE FOR ALL!

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Unicco’s labor practices were the subject of the hunger strike at University of Miami this spring. Unfortunately, I can’t give you any of my own coverage of Wednesday’s rally and the Crimson didn’t cover it. However, the SLAM Website has gone to “community portal” software. Anyone who went to the rally can hop over to the site, create an account* and post an article. There is no substitute for a good rally, but why get as much mileage as you can out of it?

*The account create function works. Thanks to the Havard Computer Society.

Welcome back y’all!

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We’ve been getting ready for you.

Workers setting up Mathews Court for Commencement

And we’re glad to do it, but here’s the thing. We need to live. That pretty much means we need a living wage. Some of y’all worked on that as did some of today’s graduates. The new bunch changed the name to Student Labor Action Movement [SLAM]. I understand that each generation of students has to have it’s own sense of contribution, but the idea that they alone can transform Harvard permanently is probably a bit of infantile omnipotence. Certainly leaving y’all out of the picture [as they pretty much did this year] makes no sense.

Anyhow, the Dining Service Workers, represented by Unite-HERE! Local 26, are coming up on contract renewal [June 19]. There is apparently a tentative contract agreement. Administration, no doubt, wanted to put the best possible spin on this for y’all. Harvard’s PR machine also cooked up this new bit for y’all. SLAM doesn’t have quite the same resources as administration :), so give them a bit to come up with their response.

SLAM has pointed out on their list that the tentative agreement says nothing about summer employment. Without new language in the contract, most of Harvard’s cooks will not work during the summer and thanks to the Bush administration [there’s that ugly word again] they cannot collect unemployment. Long ago, Dining Service workers could bid on other summer jobs on campus. Harvard administration no longer allows that.

There is another point in the tentative agreement that SLAM has not looked at yet. Joe Wrinn cites $31,000/year as the average salary. Is that an actual $31,000 or is it $23,250 for nine months ANNUALIZED! Lest you think I’m just being picky, administration did something like the latter with the HUCTW contract. They claimed a 4.5%/year increase for the first year, but it would not take effect until 4 months into the contract. In dollar terms that worked out to 2.8% which was about the the rate of inflaltion at the time of contract negotiation. Subsequent oil shock inflation pushed our “raise” into the negative in real terms.

So I hope y’all enjoy your visit. Sorry about the whether. I told Sally to order up some better whether, but she’s the last one to listen to the employees. Anyhow, I hope y’all will keep an eye on things over the summer. We won’t have as much student support so your help is unusually important.

Thanks.

Movin’ Out!

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Gold Star Moving truck loading up in front of Stoughton Hall.

Not quite the picture described by Billy Joel, occupants of the the houses in the Yard move out on completion of their first year at Harvard. In many cases, they have the help of Harvard parents. In other cases, they call on professionals:

Gary Melanson of Gold Star Moving showing solidarity with Union Labor.
Gary Melanson of Gold Star Trucking shows
solidarity with Union Labor

On the Road Again: SEIU summons support to University of Miami

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Organizer Dan Nicolai of S.E.I.U. Local 615 outside UNICCO headquarters in Boston.

TO: Allies & student leaders in Boston area

As you know, janitors are in the 7th week of a strike against UNICCO at the University of Miami. Also, a hunger strike by workers and students has now been going on for 18 days. At least three workers and one student have been hospitalized.

Last week, a group of students occupied the Admissions Office to demand union recognition for striking janitors. More information about student and community actions can be found at www.yeswecane.org

 http://www.yeswecane.org/> .

University of Miami President Donna Shalala so far refuses to agree to janitors’ demands for card-check recognition of the union. Workers are demanding card-check instead of an election because UNICCO has already threatened and intimidated workers (this is under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board) and would continue to do so in an election campaign.
Beginning tomorrow (Saturday 4/22) leaders from community, student and religious organizations around the U.S. are going to Miami to meet with the hunger strikers, student leaders, and SEIU President Andy Stern. WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER AN EMERGENCY DELEGATION TO MIAMI, LEAVING ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AND RETURNING MONDAY. THIS IS AN INVITATION FOR STUDENT LEADERS AT CAMPUSES CLEANED BY UNICCO.

I know it’s a busy time of year, but please consider taking a couple of days to participate in this. If you are interested and/or have questions, please email or contact me at 617-523-6150 ext. 425 or 617-416-8577(cell).

Dan Nicolai
Organizer, SEIU Local 615
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Of the two legal routes to Union recognition, card-check is preferred to NLRB [i.e. Bush Administration] supervised elections. UNICCO after weeks of striking and hunger striking has admitted that they have agreed to card check at other sites. The refusal is clearly coming from “liberal” president Donna Shalala. Rumor has it she is on the short list for president of Harvard. Is this any way to run a University?

A Note from Harvard SLAM: Solidarity with Students Around the Nation …

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… and the World.

Did or did not the late Larry Summers exhort us to be a global university? Well the net is a bit Amerocentric, but it’s a start. This Harvard SLAM list has been alive with notices about vigourous student action on other campuses. :

  • Students at the University of Miami joined with SEIU hunger strikers Wedenesday Feb 12, but were locked out of the Ashe Building.
  • Students at the University of Virginia began a sit-in on Wednesday February 12th to demand that the university pay its employees a living wage! [More from IndyMedia Richmond.]
  • Students at the University of Colorado are currently on Hunger Strike until the University adopts the Designated Suppliers Program.
  • At midnight, police arrested TEN students at the University of California-Riverside for participating in a non-violent civil disobedience demanding that their university adopt a policy ensuring that university apparel and uniforms are produced in factories in which workers are represented by a democratic union and earn a living wage.[ A second round of arrests.][More from LA IndyMedia. and WWW IndyMedia.]
  • Students at ColombiaUniversity who are sitting in at the Low Library to demand that Columbia adopt the Designated Suppliers Program, so that collegiate apparel be made in factories where workers have democratic representation. [More from Zach of the Graduate Students Union]

Most support to living wage campaigns at other campaigns[universities?], and complaints to the administration can be done at

http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/uvalivingwage/alerts

with the exception of the call to action at Colombia University. I include below a draft of my letter to the president of Colombia; do feel free to use it as a template.

Cheers
K…

Dear Mr. Bollinger,

I am writing to support the struggle of those brave students at Colombia
University who are sitting in at the Low Library to demand that Columbia
adopt the Designated Suppliers Program, so that collegiate apparel be made
in factories where workers have democratic representation, and to which
companies pay enough to allow workers to negotiate for a living wage from
management.

The students claim to have presented this proposal to Columbia in
September and have not seen any action despite going through many meetings
and attempts to work with the University administration. You’ve stated
support for “the goal of promoting basic fairness in wages, working
conditions, and a voice for workers”, and this student request is asking
you to live up to those exemplary principles and to act to make sure those
goals are met.

My thanks, and best wishes,
_______ ________
_______ University

Breaking the Fast

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A worker from U of Miami lights the Passover Candles as Dick Bauer of the Jewish Labor Committee looks on.

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The worker for University of Miami share a long overdue meal.

It is probably a good thing that U Miami workers in Boston broke the fast The Picketline blog from UM reports that hunger striker Feliciano Hernandez [age 60] has had a stroke and is in the hospital.
Previously Odalys Rodriguez went to hospital with blood pressure problems.

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hunger striker feliciano hernandez (with SEIU organizer kathy bird)[Picketline]

More Images from Justice City [including Odalys] as well as the lockdown of Ashe Hall, Donna Shalala’s letter, faculty and STAND responses on Picketline.

Miami, we’re here for you!

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SEIU 615 Fast in front of the UNICCO Headquarters - Boston City Hall in the background.

SEIU Local 615 and friends in front of UNICCO Hq. – Boston City hall behind.

Boston Community Leaders and Clergy join Miami workers.

Boston Community Leaders and Clergy join Miami workers.

Workers of H.E.R.E- UNITE! supporting the fast.

Workers of UNITE HERE! Local 26 supporting the fast. Many workers in this union are cooks.

Picketline reports from Miami that a few of the hunger strikers are having problems with blood pressure and Odalys Rodriguez has been taken to the hospital.

SEIU hunger strike @ University of Miami spreads to Boston

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Workers from the University of Miami who will fast in Boston support of their compa�eros back in Miami. together with Harvard SLAMmers and friends.

Janitorial workers at University of Miami employed by Massachusetts based UNICCO Services Company began a hunger strike on April 5. This in addition to already being on strike and after a sit-in by students. [Wikipedia] recounts this in more detail and mentions the picketline blog and the Students for a New Democracy website. Picketline asserts [among other things] that while UNICCO finds Card Check undemocratic at UM, it has found it acceptable in many other cases. [Last fall, tGbtD was invited to speak to a working group of the Institute of Politics of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. I suggested that they look at card check neutrality as a means to enable the right to unionize. I ain’t got no R.O.I. ! This would be a good time!]


SEIU local 615 is hosting their compa�eros from Univeristy of Miami. On Tuesday April 11, 2006 they will fast in front of UNICCO Service Company Northeast Region headquarters. There will also be a SLAM event at Harvard.

Downtown Boston UNICCO Service Company Northeast Region Headquarters 18 Tremont St. [Near Park St. T]

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Y’all come. They should be able to see you.


The event will be from 9 AM to 5 PM, but the hightlights are:

12:00 Noon – Rally with Clergy and Community Leaders

4:00 Breaking of the Fast
5:00 [ish] Seder

Oy, such a goy* am I! The Seder was at 4! I was trying to reconcile two different e-mails and got it wrong. My apologies to Harvard’s Progressive Jewish students. I have a great story about your forbearers at the 2001 sit-in. Y’all come back now hear.

There will be quasi-live web coverage from UNICCO Hq. [actually the Kinko’s down the street] right here at GBD.

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Harvard: Join the SLAMmers in a “solidarity fast” on campus. Wear a sign like:

I’m fasting; ask me why.
or
Fasting in Solidarity with Hunger-Strikers at U Miami

There should be sign making materials available in Phillips Brooks House.


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The President of UM is Donna Shalala. Wikipedia does not mention [but it will :)] her gig as President of Hunter College in New York where I worked on my second of three PhD theses. I’m asking my colleagues to refresh my memory of her reign. She took the reigns in 1980, still within the Municipal Assistance Corporation “control period” initiated by the New York City fiscal crisis of 1975. All I remember was the feeling of my already meager standard of living sinking further.

*I am 1/2 Pennsylvania Dutch who are German Protestants migrated to the US to escape religious persecution. It is a guilt based religion with bad experience in Germany. Is that an connection with Judaism?

The Right to Unionize: Allied Security workers under contract to Harvard…

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…. keep the bad people out. [Well the one’s that don’t have Harvard ID’s, anyway.]

“gil”

They deserve a living wage too. The only known tool to do that, is the right to unionize.
SEIU which represents the custodial workers is also organizing security guards – Nationwide and at Harvard.

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This spring SLAM is upping the pressure so that even The Crimson has noticed.

The guy by the door remembers the good times of the Harvard Living Wage Campaign. I also remember Steve, then president of HUSPMGU. But a particular memory, most fond because of it’s contrast with the context of pain and loneliness I felt at the time, is of late night visits to the Widener guard house and Howard.

The Right to Unionize

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Right to Unionize Rally Boston Common Dec. 08,2005
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Wednesday, March 8, 6:00 PM
Ticknor Lounge, Boyleston Hall, Harvard

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet …

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..[or even flood for that matter] shall keep my scholars from their chosen labors. I simply won’t allow it.

The Littauer Library is was Open Sunday

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Of course, I can’t do it alone. He has a stronger
[and younger] back. a better Union …
… and a bigger shovel.
I would like the MBTA Police to please notice that I was not actually in Andrew Station when I took the gentleman’s picture. Also, I would like to show the circulation people who came to work to today, but I can’t because HCL management doesn’t allow pictures in the library. [I would have liked to show you the throng of intrepid scholars that came today, but the same rule forbids it.]

�H�la, compa�ero!

I have lived my whole adult life in “mixed” neighborhoods, yet I have learned very little Spanish. Google Translate says compa�ero means “companion”, but as I have heard it spoken, it seems to have much more “la vida” than that.

HUCTW Elections Dec. 6

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Union Wide:

The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers is holding an election on Dec. 6 2005, to fill vacancies on the Executive Board, some Joint Councils, and some Union Representatives. I cannot tell you all that is going on Union wide because that information is not routinely provided by the Union Office.
I believe that a healthy Union would.

FAS Arts: Fenstermacher casts support to Butler:

The Guy by the Door nominated himself for Executive Board from the Arts Region of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. While I have worked with the Reform slate in the past, I felt then and still feel that their campaign approach is rigid and narrow. The issues are good, but the presentation is a tedious monotone. I think their are people who would vote the platform if arguments were less didactic and more dialectical . However, I have been unable to execute the kind of campaign I think the HUCTW rank and file deserve. My clear second choice is Genevieve Butler who while less experienced in campaigning than I am, is younger and stronger than I am. Further, she has more time to learn. I ask anyone who had considered voting for me to consider voting for her. If you do vote for her based on my suggestion, you are welcome to ask me to intervene if you feel that, in the excercise of her office, she is not communicating with you as well as she should. Hopefully, this will not be necessary.

Harvard College Library Joint Council

My hat is still in the ring for the Harvard College Joint Council. If you are tired of figuring out which way to swipe your card on the way into Widener and/or Lamont, vote for me. It’s just one example silly 🙂 [I mentioned it to Lynn 2 or more years ago. Nada!]

Union Participation

HUCTW has been a very low participation Union for as long as I have been a member. In the last election, only eight people from the Medical School voted. I spoke with Scott Morley, now at MIT, who formerly worked there. He said that he had been barely aware of any activity in the Union. Elections can be an important part of keeping a Union active and strong. Yet they aren’t.

The Election Process

I claim that the administration of the elections contributes to low voter turnout. The rigid control of information about the elections discourages greater involvement in the Union. As mentioned above, I think Union members ought to be aware of what’s going on in other regions of Harvard. For example, we on the Cambridge Campus ought to know what the issues are facing the folks who work in the Med School. At the SEIU 615 rally at the Harvard Club, I saw many familar faces from previous campaigns. They were not just from Cambridge. Some were from the B school, and some from the Med School. In my mind, that is a sign of a better organized Union.

Tomorrow, as in previous elections, the polling will take place in an elaborate checker board of locations. Polling places pop up in places for an hour or two and are gone. You have to know the schedule to vote. I am told that the schedule was mailed to all members homes. I haven’t seen it yet. I did get the nomination annoucement, so my address entry in Union database was correct at one point.
We could get better turnout if the the schedule were, in addition to being mailed, also posted to the Union website. The word processor that was used to prepare the hard copy of the schedule can not doubt be induced to emit crude HTML. Besides, we’re supposed to be the CLERICAL and TECHNICAL Union. Surely we can do it. Right now I have to go check in with SLAM and later Dorchester People for Peace, but I will post the Polling Schedule to the OpenHUCTW website later tonight.

Perhaps I was too terse.

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Chancellor James Moeser
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Mr. Chancellor:

“Do it,” in this case is devoid of sexual connotation. “Do it” means:

�The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will adopt a policy of noninterference in any unionization process and will require all contractors to adopt the same policy. The University affirms the right of workers to democratically organize unions by a method of their own choosing. We will honor any agreement negotiated between contractors and their employees.�

Your young folks told you that they would be getting hungry and go home. Here’s the thing. You can’t always count on it. Trust me. Or ask Sally Zeckhauser.

Here’s an idea! Why don’t we “do it” at UNC-CH and HU! I don’t think we have a Chancellor. Maybe the Provost is your counterpart. [From the foot of the mount it’s all clouds to me. Eg. I don’t understand how a Provost-Director-Professor-Doctor of Psychiatry could let a disturbed alumna shiver in the gateway for a year and half. Good thing the folks like me were on the case. She woulda froze to death. That Mr. Chancellor is why you need to treat the workers [and alumnae] with dignity.] Maybe you should schmooze with him?

-r

Note to the Chancellor

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Chancellor James Moeser
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Just do it.

-r

Students Occupy Administration Building at UNC- Chapel Hill

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Here’s a message from students at UNC Chapel Hill:

Tell the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to Publicly Support the Right of Workers to Organize!

Members of UNC-CH Student Action with Workers are currently camped out in South Building, home of the university administration, with a guerilla art exhibition on the history of labor rights at UNC-CH.
Students set up the exhibit Monday morning, November 21st with the demand that Chancellor James Moeser publicly affirm the following statement:

�The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will adopt a policy of noninterference in any unionization process and will require all contractors to adopt the same policy. The University affirms the right of workers to democratically organize unions by a method of their own choosing. We will honor any agreement negotiated between contractors and their employees.�

So far the Chancellor has refused to support this statement or enter into a dialogue with us about the issue. Email or call him and let him know that you support the right of UNC workers to a democratic union organization process!

Contact: Chancellor James Moeser, UNC Chapel Hill:

1-919-962-1365
 jcmoese at imap.unc.edu

Tell him to support the statement and enter a dialogue with his students!
Ask why he won�t support the internationally recognized right to organize
At UNC Chapel Hill.
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Forwarded by:

Max Toth
National Organizer
United Students Against Sweatshops
http://www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org/
415-577-1188 * 202-NO-SWEAT
 max at usasnet.org
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For the record:

In May of 2001, I did not know what was to happen. I was told only to be in the Yard late in the afternoon. I didn’t question it. I had seen them lay the groundwork. So far in 2005, I have seen only the beginnings.

I NEVER accused anyone of being too radical. I was accused of suggesting things that were somehow not radical enough. I was attacked again for defending myself. Tabling somehow seems to qualify as radical, figuring out who can actually get a room somehow doesn’t.
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Concerted labor activity: HUCTW elections in the FAS Arts Region

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Mr. Stephen Marley
Director of Human Resources
Harvard College Library

Sir:

I am told that Ms. Genevieve Butler – one of my opponents in the upcomimg HUCTW election for Executive Board in the FAS Arts region – asked for upaid leave to campaign. I am told that her request was denied. If true, it is deeply disturbing. While I cannot speak for the courts, I can speak for myself. This looks to me like management interference in concerted labor activity.

In the past, HUCTW Elections have typically turned out only 1/3 of the membership. The recent S.E.I.U. election turned out 2/3 of their Union. Obviously, HUCTW has been a less participatory Union and the legitimacy of its representation open to question. That must change. In the past, Union elections have taken place with a minimum of notification or less. It appeared that, due in large part to advocacy on my part and others, we were doing better this time. You have undermined that progress. We as Union members may differ about who and how this is to be done, but we agree about what is to be done. The Union must be more participatory. Hampering campaign efforts of any Union member through an arbitrary excercise of management privilege is unacceptable. It shows a lack of respect for and trust in all Union members. And it is not for the good of Harvard.

I urge you to reverse this decision immediately so that she, Ms. Delacey and I can get on with the business of communicating with our colleagues. While I cannot speak for Ms. Delacey, I have every confidence that she will join in this.

Sincerely,

Philip R. Fenstermacher
Doorchecker (HUCTW)

Janitors get a better deal. Did blogging help?

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The beginning of the rally that ended at the Harvard Club

Local 615 of the Service Employees Internation Union reached a tentative deal with Harvard administration on Tuesday. The Union is holding it’s ratification vote today. SEIU and SLAM held a very impressive rally at the Harvard Club superbly reported by the Cambridge Common Blog. That appears to have made a difference.

SLAM, which surely helped in this matter will be engaged in some after-action analysis. Personally, I’m pleased that the student members have not forgotten that their job #1 is learning. I hope they don’t feel patronized. I certainly do not yet know what happened. I would just like to raise the question, “Did blogging help?”

Techtopians among the blogging crowd may be overly eager to assume that it did. Some ideological activists will say that the blogosphere is dominated by capitalism and therefore should be shunned. They are obligated to say that blogging is of no use. I am an empiricist, experimentalist – and a bit of a nominalist. I believe that blogging has some political effectiveness. There is a number which crudely describes it. That number is somewhere between +100% and -100%. My own [arguably self-serving] analysis of these recent events is this. It is a positive number closer to zero than 100%. But it’s not zero.

Ideologues are aware that it is not just bad publicity that moves administration. Sometimes the threat is enough. What the ideologues miss is that the threat must be credible. If they think you’re bluffing, they will call. Then you have to have the cards. The significant shift between Monday and Tuesday appears to be due to the Monday rally. The quetion is: “How?” Surely Pr. Larry was aware of the peasants outside. Did that alone change his mind? Did Alums inside convince him? The Cambridge Common photo essay probably appeared after the tentative agreement had been made. But was there a concern that a broader audience of Alums would eventually see the rally through the blogosphere? One thing is clear the blogosphere would have had a smaller effect if the workers and students hadn’t turned out in good numbers. And for that reason, I was happy Cambridge Common was taking pictures. I was a worker among workers. It was a good feeling. That students cared enough to join in, made it great.

Justice for Janitors: Parents Weekend ’05

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I managed to catch a portion of the rally held by SLAM in conjunction with SEIU local 615. I have a bunch of pictures, but there were lots of other folks taking pictures too. And there is some very good reportage from Andrew at Cambridge Common. In fact, it’s better than mine. Sadly, I missed Vice Mayor Marj Decker and Councillor Brian Murphy and I couldn’t stay for the greeting of Pr.Larry. But I had time to take one parting shot.

Harvard Welcomes Freshperson Parents

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SLAM had a welcome that day. 4:15 PM Holyoke Center

Un Hombre de Paz

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A message to y’all from Hugo Chavez. Perhaps I exagerate. The message comes from Jorge Marin who works at the embassy here and showed me The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. The message [not the movie] is about un hombre de paz, Felix Arroyo. I live in Dorchester. Felix is a Boston City Councilor at Large. Dorchester People for Peace endorsed him. I voted for him. He’s running again. DPP endorsed again.I’ll vote for him again. Fenstermacher is not quite Latino, but I know some [like Jarrett Barrios]. Latinos for Felix Arroyo invite you to the 3rd annual “Felix Fiesta” in support of Boston City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo.

The only face I recognized in the crowd at the Revolution was a young woman organizer from SEIU, none of her friends who call me[everything up to] counter-revolutionary were there [and yet they use him as an example when it is convenient.] She told me her union had told her not to get involved with other unions. I was not fooled. I knew she had.

I later learned that a Latino from the Harvard Initiative for Peace and Justice was there. We met at another Bolivarian meeting. We went to Au Bon Pain and talked things over. We agreed on a lot. “Idealogical groups,” he said, “often don’t really put priority on ideology. It’s really about ‘the group’.”Among the 2/3 of HUCTW members that do not vote, there are quite a few who agree with us two. I know them. I know one that belongs to a collective that puts out a left economics magazine. Their stuff is much more useful than the tabloids. The Solidarity Game is nasty, nasty, nasty. You think the Powers That Be don’t know? They know they are a small minority.That’s their goal! [Sadly, it seems to be the goal of some reform groups too. I polled better than most of them 🙂 ] They know they are still in power. I mean this on all levels, not just HUCTW. They ARE afraid, but seeing you play the game by the same rulesputs them at ease. Shame on you.

STUDENTS & WORKERS UNITE! WORKERS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

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Guest Post By SLAM [Really! -r]

Sever Hall 113 -The Teach-in of the year [so far :)] was last night. We heard:

*Harvard janitors demanding better wages and benefits
*Harvard security officers fighting for respect on the job
*Workers standing up for their rights in Cambridge & Boston

AND hear from an International Human Rights Delegation including…

*Hon. David Bonior: Former Michigan Representative and House Whip
*Rev. Calvin Morris: Director, Community Renewal Society, Chicago
*Marieclaire Acosta: Human rights activist and former Deputy
Secretary for Human Rights and Democracy, Mexico
*Veronique Marleau: Human rights activist and consultant to the
United Nations International Labor Organization, Quebec
*Maria Adela Mejia Perez: Activist and union organizer, Guatemala

Moderated By Cambridge Vice Mayor Marjorie Decker

With an introduction By Professor John Womack, History Department

Students were reminded that they have the power to support
workers at Harvard and workers all over the Boston area.

Brought to you by: Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), American
Rights at Work, Boston Student Labor Action Project, SEIU Local 615

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student * labor * action * movement
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This is how you can make an impact RIGHT NOW.

1. SIGN THE PETITION. http://hcs.harvard.edu/~slam/petition.htm

2. ASK YOUR STUDENT GROUP To sign on to the campaign for justice.

3. PUT UP A WINDOW SIGN. Come and get one at Phillips Brooks House.

4. SAVE THE DATE. March on Harvard. Friday. October 28. 4:15.

5. TALK TO WORKERS. And get to know what we’re fighting for.

Please see our official website at:
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 www.harvardslam.com //  harvardslam at yahoo.com
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Allied Security workers under contract to Harvard ….

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…. keep the bad people out. [Well the one’s that don’t have Harvard ID’s, anyway.]

“gil”

They deserve a living wage too. The only known tool to do that, is the right to unionize.
SEIU which represents the custodial workers is also organizing security guards – Nationwide and at Harvard.

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Another one from SLAM. Spread the word!