No Layoffs at Harvard!

Harvard SLAM has joined with the No Layoffs Campaign to demand that, as Harvard administrators make plans to restructure the Harvard University Library, they consider the value of academic librarian and library assistant jobs.

Lamont worker and HUCTW member Geoff Carens wrote in the Harvard Crimson, "On January 19, Harvard University Library Executive Director Helen Shenton told stunned Harvard Library staff that their numbers were to shrink. She announced that the cuts would be accomplished by July, through voluntary and involuntary means. Officials would rewrite some job descriptions and eliminate other jobs completely, and staffers would have to apply for a smaller number of reconfigured positions.

In the wake of media attention to widely shared tweets about Shenton’s disclosures, a University spokesperson tried to downplay the anxieties of employees. Despite such efforts, Shenton’s remarks are sparking a new wave of worker-led protests on the Harvard campus.

When the University’s clerical staffers last faced mass layoffs in 2008, their Harvard No Layoffs Campaign drew the attention of national and international press. In collaboration with Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement, rank-and-filers in the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers joined forces with concerned local residents, faculty, non-union workers and members of other campus unions also hit hard by job losses."

This time, Harvard has no financial justification for layoffs--it simply wishes to improve "efficiency" in the library system.

SLAM has again joined with the No Layoffs Campaign to demand NO LAYOFFS AT HARVARD LIBRARIES!

Join us on March 1st (National Day of Action to Occupy for Education!) at a March for No Layoffs at 5PM on March 1st, starting from Holyoke Center.

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