The Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton just announced a plan to restructure the Harvard library system and make it more efficient and high-tech. She plans to fund this by laying off some workers and restructuring the jobs of others. She threatened to cut jobs by “voluntary and involuntary means,” and terrified library workers by refusing to provide details about the plan and recommending that they upload their resumes online.

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TroubleTree: Harvard's Hotel, Harvard's Standards!

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Harvard purchased the Doubletree Hotel in 2005. After meeting and hearing the stories of many employees of the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Allston/Brighton, a coalition of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and Harvard campus community members has been established in support of those workers’ right to decide on unionization through a fair process, free from management intimidation and harassment.

Doubletree workers have asked for a fair process, and on March 12, 2013 presented a petition to management asking for said process. So far, they have been denied.

We stand strongly with the Doubletree workers in their struggle to organize, and call on Harvard, as the owner of the hotel, to respect and affirm their right to do so. At committee meetings, workers have shared common experiences of injustice. Many workers are expected to do the work of two or more people. These workers work at a hotel owned directly by Harvard and as such are members of our Harvard community, and it is unacceptable for members of our community to work without living wages. We believe that Harvard can and must do better.

We want all Harvard workers, both on-campus and in Allston, to be treated as valuable and respected employees. As campus community members coming from a diversity of backgrounds, we relate to the struggles of our workers and consider many workers to be part of our family. The stories workers have shared about injustice in the workplace are felt directly by us as well. A college that prides itself on having a positive social impact in the community needs to reflect on its impact within its own community. We ask Harvard to openly support the Doubletree employees as they seek respect and justice in the workplace.

SLAM Hosts Panel with Union Organizers, Labor Historians

On Wednesday, November 17, SLAM hosted a panel informing students and community members about various issues in the labor movement today. Anja Witek, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), spoke about that union's recent efforts to unionize Starbucks Coffee and the Jimmy John's sandwich chain. "Wobblies" - as they're known - from all over the world have been pushing Starbucks, which preaches social responsibility and consciousness, to allow its workers to unionize, only to be met with a steady stream of union-busting on the part of the coffee chain.

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