I’ve been here since December 2007. I started off at Sebastian’s in Longwood Ave, the Medical School. I was there for a year, and then I applied for CSG.

I started with ABM in 2002, and got to Harvard in 2005. We get a lot of benefits here, especially health benefits and the Bridge to Literacy program.

I live in Jamaica Plain. I came to Harvard in 2005 with ABM. At that time, the company didn’t have a union. I really like working at Harvard; I’ve been here for almost six years.

One woman whose coworkers were laid off last year describes the outcome of the Bread and Roses action at the Harvard Medical School on April 6, 2009. The translation is followed by the original Spanish text.

"Less than three months later, laid-off workers started to return, one by one. The bosses knew that we were watching and we wouldn't accept the company bringing in just anyone off the street. At that moment, when we broke bread and left roses [for the laid off workers], we knew our strength was in union. Let the bosses worry about their money. That's all they understand. We have fraternity."

I was in that job for about seventeen to twenty years.

I can definitely say that this was a great job for me.

At the time that these layoffs happened, there were two full service employees and two part-timers. And the thing is, the two full-timers were costing the university more than the part-timers—you had more years of getting raises. … A lot of older workers have gone through this. … I know certainly of other cases that have happened like that.

I saw all these people, all friends and coworkers who were going to their jobs every day. Some of them had only been here a year, maybe two years.

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