Update 5/3

5/3 HARVARD LIVING WAGE SIT-IN UPDATE
 DAY 16
 www.livingwagenow.com

 Students are STILL sitting in for a living wage of $10.25/hr plus benefits
 for all Harvard workers.  Stop by Mass Hall, contact the  administration,
 and wear a button to show support.  Other ways to help follow - updated
 every day! -- and are essential to the success of this action.

 **UPDATE**
 * At 5:30 dozens of New York alumni will rally for a living wage at the
 Harvard Club of New York.  If you're in New York, drop by!
 * Yesterday, hundreds of HERE dining hall employees unanimously voted to
 authorize a strike, and marched on Harvard Yard demanding a living wage 
 for
 all Harvard employees.
 * Over 200 community members and Harvard affiliates marched from Cambridge
 City Hall to Mass Hall, led by members of the Cambridge City Council.
 Their chanting could be heard from blocks away.
 * Bob Herbert has written another wonderful op-ed in the New York Times,
 entitled "Harvard's Heroes."

 **TABLE OF CONTENTS**
 1. Contact Information for Administrators
 2. Today's Events
 3. Administration Response and Sample Letter
 4. Ways to Help
 5. Demands
 6. Response to Harvard Gazette Article

 **CONTACT**
 The following administrators should be urged to negotiate with the
 protesters and to grant a living wage.  More information follows the events
 for today.

 Jeremy Knowles, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences; phone: 617-495-1566;
 fax: 617-495-8208; email: jeremy_knowles@harvard.edu

 Neil Rudenstine, President; phone: (617) 495-1502; fax:(617) 495-1502;
 email: beverly_sullivan@harvard.edu 

 Harvey Fineberg, Provost; phone:(617) 
 496-5100; fax: (617) 496-4630; email:
 harvey_fineberg@harvard.edu

 Sally Zeckhauser, VP for Administration; phone: (617) 495-1512; fax:
 (617) 496-6109; email:  sally_zeckhauser@harvard.edu

 Harry Lewis, Dean of Harvard College, phone: 617-495-1555; fax:
 617-496-8268; email: lewis@harvard.edu

 Polly Price, Associate VP for Human Resources; phone: (617) 496-3930; fax:
 (617) 495-8937; email:  polly_price@harvard.edu  

 **TODAY'S EVENTS**
 All events take place in front of Mass Hall.

 ONGOING: Supporters continue to keep vigilance outside of Mass Hall to
 prevent the removal of protestors and demand negotiations.  Stop by for 
 as
 long as you can and picket or make banners and signs. The living wage
 sit-in documentary will be shown when there are no other activities.  


 9:00 AM: SEIU Local 254 Janitors march on the Medical School Quad for a
 living wage and an end to outsourcing at the Med School.
 Longwood/Medical T stop, E line green

 NOON: Rally
 Speakers include Professor Giron-Negron

 8PM: Vigil
 Featuring Misop Bayuh, guitar/vocals

 ALL NIGHT: Tent City.  Come and sleep out with us!  Bring a tent if you
 can, or just use one of ours.

 **ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE**  The administration continues to refuse to
 negotiate.  Contrary to the reports of the Crimson, no formalized committee
 nor committee membership has been offered to the students staging a sit 
 in.
  We would appreciate any move by the administration in such a direction. 


 Some progress: Faculty support continues to grow and has been expressed 
 to
 the administration as well as printed in a full page ad in the Boston
 Globe.  Additionally HERE workers at the business school have successfully
 resisted reclassification that would have put them below a living wage.

 We must increasingly apply pressure to the administration to discuss the
 issue of a living wage in good faith.  We insist that the administrators
 grant the demands of their students, faculty,  alumni, and staff - the
 people who make up this University. Please continue to contact them
 (information above) and demand that they negotiate with the protestors.
 See www.livingwagenow.com and go to "e-mails" for examples of letters that
 supporters have sent.  Our demands follow.

 SAMPLE LETTER:
 Dear  ,

 I am writing to demand that Harvard grant a living wage. I urge you to pay
 all of your employees - both direct and subcontracted -- a living wage of
 $10.25/hr plus benefits.  Harvard University would not be able to operate
 without its workers.  Currently, many of these workers live below the
 poverty line, and must work outrageous hours in order to make ends meet.
 This is blatantly unjust.

 You must also honor the protesters' additional demands for fair working
 condition both at home and abroad, and join the Workers' Rights Consortium.
  Only by doing so will the University truly uphold the Code of Conduct that
 it has already passed.

 I ask that you negotiate with students who are currently taking action on
 this issue. They are, in fact, pursuing what I can only assume are values
 cherished by Harvard. They are thinking critically about issues of pressing
 social concern and taking action on their principles.

 Sincerely,


 **YOU CAN HELP**
 If you would like to perform or speak at an event, please contact
 617-290-5802 or 617-645-0767.

 IF YOU HAVE
 2 MINUTES: 
 * Contact administrators and insist that they negotiate with 
 the
 protestors.  Contact info below.
 * Ask your professors to hold class in front of Mass Hall.
 * Go to thecrimson.com and support the living wage in the poll to the right
 of the screen.

 10 MINUTES:
 * Join us in front of Mass Hall during the day or late at night.  Write
 Rudenstine a postcard on an index card and drop it off at Mass Hall.  
 * 
 Deliver food (esp. vegetarian or vegan) to protesters inside Mass Hall at
 meal times.  Contact: beach@fas.harvard.edu, or call 617-816-8394.
 * Tell your friends, TFs, professors, parents, students, and alumni.  Go 
 to
 office hours and make phone calls. 
 * Get support signs or BANNERS at the 
 information table in front of Mass
 Hall and hang them in your dorm windows.  

 30 MINUTES: 
 * Pick up leaflets 
 and posters in front of Mass Hall.  Poster the yard and
 your houses.  Leaflet your classes or in the Yard.  
 * Stop by the info 
 table and become an outreach contact.
 * Submit a letter to the editor that calls on Harvard to pay a living wage
 and/or negotiate with the protesters. Find a story online or on one of the
 tables at Mass Hall and write a very brief response to the outlet that
 printed it.  Letters should ideally be less than 150 words.  Be sure to
 include your name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers so the
 paper can confirm your authorship.  You can submit by e-mail to either
 letter@globe.com or letters@nytimes.com. 

 1-2 HOURS:
 * Sign up for a night shift at the table to ensure the safety of the people
 in tent city and the protesters in Mass Hall

 A NIGHT:
 * Join the tent city in front of Mass Hall.  Sleep outside to show support.

 STUDENTS: 
 * Make a banner and hang it from your window.  Supplies in front 
 of Mass Hall.
 * Contact any student group you belong to and ask the it to endorse the
 campaign. Ask the members to come out to Mass. Hall to support the
 movement.  Have each member contact the administration.

 NON-HARVARD STUDENTS: 
 Contact Iris: ihalpe01@tufts.edu 
 * Organize a solidarity 
 action. Stand outside with a cell phone in front of
 your student center and have people call the Harvard administration and
 demand negotiations and a living wage (info above). 
 * Send a delegation 
 to Harvard to sleep out and participate in our events.
 Bring tents if you can, and get in touch with Iris for directions and more
 info.

 ALUMNI, PARENTS, AND DONORS: 
 Contact: Dania Palanker (palanke@ksg.harvard.edu) 
 to be put in the
 (anti)donor data-base.
 * Contact the administration and tell them that you will not donate any
 money until they negotiate with protesters or grant a living wage.
 Alternatively, pledge to donate a certain amount of money once Harvard
 grants a living wage.
 * Sign up for your class listserve and send out a message asking classmates
 to write the administration saying they won't donate until a living wage 
 is
 granted.  Contact Dania so we know your class has been contacted.
 How to do this: Send an e-mail to listproc@camail1.harvard.edu requesting
 membership to your class list. On your e-mail, leave the subject category
 blank and include a one line message saying: "subscribe HAA-HR19xx your
 name" filling in xx and your name accordingly. For example: HAA-HR1997 Jane
 Harvard.

 PROFESSORS AND OTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS:
 Contact: tmccarth@fas.harvard.edu 
 * Write an op-ed.  Contact: 617-596-8146, 
 617-256-5779 or stop by Mass Hall.
 * Speak at a rally.  Contact: 617-290-5802 or 617-645-0767 or stop by Mass
 Hall.  
 * Teach a seminar inside Mass Hall.  Express concern that students 
 are
 missing classes and enter Mass Hall to teach a seminar about your field,
 especially as it relates to economic justice.  Same contacts as for speaking.
 * Hold your regular classes outside of Mass Hall in support.
 * Contact other professors and ask them to contact the administration and
 participate in the other helpful activities above.
 * Use the Living Wage Logo (found on the website: www.livingwagenow.com) 
 as
 your computer wallpaper.

 WORKERS AND STAFF
 * Use the Living Wage Logo (found on the website: www.livingwagenow.com) 
 as
 your wallpaper for your computer.
 * Speak at a rally.  Contact Amy: 617-290-5802.
 * Wear a button while you are at Harvard.  Pick one up at the information
 table in front of Mass Hall

 CONTACTS: 
 Endorsements: pslm@hcs.harvard.edu 
 Media: Paul: 617-256-5779, 
 paullekas@yahoo.com
 Matthew: 867-3028 (beeper), mafeigin@hotmail.com
         Emilou: 596-8146, maclean@fas.harvard.edu
         Binh: adjemia@ksg.harvard.edu
 Graduate School Organizing: Ricken: patelri@ksg.harvard.edu
 Law School Organizing: Michelle: myau@law.harvard.edu
 How else to help: Ben: stoll@fas.harvard.edu; 617-834-5824

 E-MAIL: If you or someone you know are not receiving a daily update and
 would like to be, contact jwagner@fas.harvard.edu or pslm@hcs.harvard.edu 


 **DEMANDS**
 All Harvard workers, whether directly employed or hired through outside
 firms, must be paid a living wage of at least $10.25 per hour, adjusted
 annually to inflation, and with basic health benefits.  Complete
 implementation of such a living wage policy requires three other simple 
 steps:

 * To ensure that the university does not use subcontracting and
 reclassification to cut wages and benefits-as the Harvard Corporation has
 agreed it should not-Harvard must adopt a policy of maintaining wage and
 benefit levels when jobs are outsourced or reclassified.  Our
 Implementation Report contains methods for assuring this which should be
 adopted.

 * A board must be created, not appointed by the administration, to oversee
 implementation of the living wage policy.  The board should have binding
 policy-making power to enforce the policy, and should consist of workers,
 union representatives, faculty, members of PSLM, and an administrator. 


 * Harvard relies on the labor of workers both on campus and off, and both
 must be covered by the university's living wage policy.  Workers in
 factories that produce Harvard goods must therefore be assured a living
 wage for their community; indeed, Harvard has already agreed to a Code of
 Conduct which contains a commitment to this very idea.  In order to
 determine whether factories are complying with Harvard's Code, however, 
 the
 university must join the Worker Rights Consortium, the only independent
 factory monitoring group which satisfies the Code's guidelines.

 **RESPONSE TO HARVARD GAZETTE**
 April 30, 2001
 The Real Facts, Fallacies and Distortions about Employment and Living Wages
 at Harvard
 Harvard University's background paper, "Facts and fallacies about
 employment at Harvard" (which the university reprinted in its own Gazette)
 repeats many of the same misrepresentations the administration has been
 making since before the peaceful sit-in by students and community
 supporters began on April 18.  Here are a few, based on the university's
 own reports and on conversations with workers at Harvard:
 The administration's statements that only about 400 regular Harvard
 employees get less than a living wage are carefully phrased to exclude
 casual workers and people who work at Harvard on Harvard subcontracts.  
 If
 you add up the numbers for these groups in the administration's own
 background paper, you will find more than the 1000-worker figure the Living
 Wage Campaign has used.  Contract employees do the same work as regular
 Harvard employees:  guarding buildings, cleaning toilets, and serving food.
  Indeed, for the past two years the university has simply replaced
 unionized guards who make a living wage with non-unionized, subcontracted
 guards who do not.  Likewise, casual employees often do the same work as
 regular employees.  In fact, the university admitted in 1999 that it had
 worked some casuals 40 hours a week in violation of its own rules.  If
 people "do not rely on their casual employment for their livelihood," it
 may be because they, like other workers at Harvard, have to take second 
 or
 third jobs to make ends meet.  
 A $19 billion university can afford to pay 
 $10.25 an hour plus benefits,
 whether to a "regular" worker, a casual worker, or a subcontracted worker.
 Paying any of these workers less not only mistreats them, but also gives
 the university an incentive to continue replacing regular workers with
 underpaid casual and subcontract workers.
 The Bridge Program is a good program, but it does not solve the problem 
 of
 poverty at Harvard.  We speak to workers who must work seventy or more
 hours per week, at Harvard jobs and other jobs, to survive.  Even with paid
 release time, that is not a good situation for learning.  Furthermore, many
 of the workers we have talked to this year - after Harvard claimed it was
 implementing the committee recommendations - were not aware of the Bridge
 program.  Others said that management had not responded to their
 applications to it.
 The call for living wages comes from far more than a "small group of
 students," as the university says.  All the unions representing workers 
 at
 Harvard have endorsed a living wage.  So have over 250 Harvard faculty.
 The Living Wage campaign includes workers, faculty, and alumni as well as
 students.
 Harvard's extension of health benefits may hurt workers as much as it
 helps.  The administration has promised subsidized health insurance to
 people who work at Harvard over sixteen hours a week.  The risk is obvious:
  Harvard and its subcontractors will simply cut part-time workers down to
 15 hours per week.  When Harvard promised health insurance to part-timers
 working 20 hours per week, a lot of them were suddenly cut back to 19
 hours.  The Living Wage Campaign suggested independent monitoring to
 protect workers against such cutbacks;  Harvard refused.  In any case, only
 19 workers have actually gotten coverage as a result of the changes,
 because Harvard charges so much for health insurance and pays so little.
 Harvard is not one of the "leading employers in the region." Neighboring
 universities MIT, BU, and Northeastern pay all custodians at least $14 per
 hour.  Harvard, by its own admission, starts custodians at $9.65.  Workers
 at Harvard tell us that they eat in soup kitchens;  local homeless shelters
 tell us that they serve Harvard workers.
 Harvard has been slow at best in implementing the reforms it promised.  
 Six
 months after the Harvard Corporation said that it would adopt the
 recommended changes, the Living Wage Campaign had spoken with workers from
 all areas of the university, and had yet to find a single worker who had
 heard of the increased access to benefits which the report promised.
 Workers who were eligible for benefits were still not receiving them, and
 didn't even know that they should be receiving them. In fact, the Campaign
 spoke with workers who had been eligible for benefits before the
 implementation of the report, who didn't receive them, and who didn't know
 that they should.
 Harvard has indeed "failed to listen" to arguments for a living wage.  What
 the administration calls a "faculty committee" on employment practices was
 in fact a mix of administrators and faculty handpicked by the
 administration.  During its thirteen-month study the committee met with
 only one worker - and that was a worker the Living Wage Campaign brought 
 to
 one of their meetings.  After that committee's report was released,
 President Rudenstine said that he would not reopen the issue.  
 Harvard's 
 subcontracting policies do lower wages and destroy unions.  Since
 1999 the university has bought out its unionized guards, who make a living
 wage, and replaced them with non-unionized guards from a subcontracting
 firm, who get less than a living wage.  This policy has cut the guards'
 union from over 180 workers to under 20 in that time.  Earlier this year,
 the university attempted to change the way subcontracted dining hall work
 at Harvard Business School would be classified.  Those changes would have
 moved people from above the living wage to below it, while keeping their
 work constant.  Their union (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local
 26) resisted, but the university and its contractor, Sodexho Marriott,
 insisted on cutting wages.  Only after the Living Wage Campaign began its
 peaceful sit-in did the university concede this point in negotiations with
 the union.  Local President Janice Loux attributed this victory for workers
 at Harvard to the Living Wage Campaign.  (Other subcontracted dining hall
 operations, including Harvard Law School, are not unionized and pay even
 less.)
 Further information is available at www.livingwagenow.com.  See especially
 the Living Wage Campaign's responses to the administration committee's
 report and to subsequent administration statements.

 Thanks for your support!

 The Harvard Living Wage Campaign
 www.livingwagenow.com