This year, three large sectors of Harvard’s unionized workforce will be re-negotiating their contracts. Dining service, custodial, and security workers perform vital labor that contributes greatly to the day-to-day functioning and high caliber of this institution. Given that Harvard is one of the primary employers in greater Boston, it is responsible for the well-being of countless community members and residents. SLAM is working to rally campus and local community support behind Harvard workers as they struggle to secure fair contracts that guarantee sustainable jobs.
HEI Workers Rising
Workers at hotels in California and Virginia run by HEI Hotels and Resorts are under attack because they want a fair process to decide whether or not to have a union. While workers face harassment and intimidation for standing up and speaking out, HEI uses the good name of its investors to rake in more money and improve its public image. Who are those investors? Mainly Ivy League universities like Yale, Brown, and Harvard. We are calling on the administration to use its role as an investor in HEI to pressure that company to drop intimidation and let its workers decide for themselves whether they want a union or not.