Update 5/6

5/6 HARVARD LIVING WAGE SIT-IN UPDATE
 DAY 18
 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**

 * Come see Howard Zinn today at noon and drop by for a huge rally at 3!
 * Yesterday was full of performances by musicians and the gathering the
 support of community members passing through the Yard for Arts First.
 * Student governments from other campuses are endorsing our struggle -
 yesterday, the University of Michigan Student Assembly passed a resolution
 in support of the sit-in.
 * Check out an article written by Ben McKean - one of the students sitting
 in - printed in the LA Times today. A letter to the editor in today's New
 York Times also supports our cause.

 **TABLE OF CONTENTS**
 1. Contact Information for Administrators AND CORPORATION!
 2. Today's Events
 3. Administration Response and Sample Letter
 4. Ways to Help
 5. Demands
 6. Response to Rudenstine's "Facts and Fallacies about Employment at Harvard"
  
 **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.

 NEW: Contact information for members of the Harvard Corporation, the most
 powerful decision making body at Harvard.

 James R. Houghton, Corporation Member; phone: 607-974-8332

 Herbert "Pug" Winokur, Jr, Corporation Member; phone: 203-861-6600

 D. Ronald Daniel, Corporation Member; phone: 212-446-7000

 Conrad Harper, Corporation Member; phone: 212-455-2000

 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.  
 NOON: 
 Rally 
 Featuring Howard Zinn, B.U. history professor & author of A People's
 History of the United States and Brother Blue, storyteller
 12:30 pm: Barbecue
 1:30 pm: Ecumenical Service
 Featuring Rev. Bob Tobin, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, Rev. Hank
 Perce, Unitarian Universalist, and Students from Harvard Divinity School
 2 pm: Catholic Mass
 3 pm: Rally
 A large wooden sculpture will be unveiled, symbolic of our fight for living
 wages.
 7 pm: Folk Song Society
 8 pm: Candlelight Vigil

 ALL NIGHT: Tent City!  Come and sleep out in support of a living wage!
 Bring a tent or use one of ours.

 **ADMINISTRATION RESPONSE**  We learned on Thursday from the Harvard
 Gazette that Rudenstine plans to form a committee to "examine issues
 relating to the economic welfare and opportunities of lower-paid workers 
 at
 Harvard." Contrary to the Crimson's May 1 story, we did not receive word
 about the creation of this committee until reading this article. At this
 point, no formalized committee structure, timeline, decision making-power,
 nor committee membership has been offered to the students staging the sit
 in.  We would appreciate any move by the Harvard administration in the
 direction of a more concrete proposal, and we look forward to working with
 Harvard officials in the future.

 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.

 From these developments, it has become clear that we must increasingly
 apply pressure to the administration and 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**
 FOR SUNDAY: bring grills, charcoal, food (burgers, vegetables, etc) to
 12:30 cookout.

 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 RUDENSTINE'S "FACTS AND FALLACIES ABOUT EMPLOYMENT AT HARVARD"**

 On April 27th, the Office of the President of Harvard University released 
 a
 document, published in the Harvard University Gazette and sent out to the
 entire University as a mass e-mail, that aimed to refute alleged claims 
 of
 the Living Wage Campaign. The document, we feel, represented an attempt 
 to
 mislead the Harvard community on the facts concerning employment on the
 University campus. The document used deceptively narrow definitions to
 generate the impression that the problem of 'poverty wages' at Harvard is 
 a
 lot less serious than it actually is. The Living Wage Campaign maintains
 that at any given time, at least 1,179 Harvard workers earn less than
 $10.25 per hour and that many of these workers - and indeed many more at
 Harvard - continue to lack basic benefits such as health insurance. In
 addition, the document failed to outline any actual reason of why the
 Harvard administration should not provide a 'living wage' and benefits to
 its workers.     

 The Administration claims: "403 of Harvard's 13,500 regular 
 employees earn
 less than $10.25 an hour in wages."
  Technically, this is correct. However, it creates a misleading impression
 that there are only 403 workers on the Harvard campus that earn less than 
 a
 'living wage.' Data published in the University's own Ad-Hoc Committee on
 Employment Policies indicates that there are at least 1,179 such workers.
 In defining "regular employees", the administration has excluded part-time
 Harvard employees, on-campus employees of contractors, and its casual
 workforce.

 SURVEY OF LOW-WAGE EMPLOYMENT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
 Type of Worker: Regular (Direct) Harvard Employees
 Hours Worked: Full-Time
 Workers Earning Less Than $10/hr (Dec. '99) 139**
 Min. Verified Wage: $8.05
         
 Type of Worker: Limited 
 Hours Worked: Part-Time
 Workers Earning Less Than $10/hr: 233**
 Min. Verified Wage: $8.05

 Type of Worker: Employees of Contractors (e.g. Sodexho Marriott)
 Hours Worked: Full-Time
 Workers Earning Less Than $10/hr: 203**
 Min. Verified Wage: Unsure

 Type of Worker: Limited 
 Hours Worked: Part-Time
 # Earning less than $10/hr: 276**
 Min. Verified Wage: $7.00***

 Type of Worker: Casual Harvard Employees
 Hours Worked: Limited (Part-Time)
 # Earning less than $10/hr: 328**
 Min. Verified Wage: $6.50*

 TOTAL Earning less than $10/hr: 1179**
         Min. Verified Wage: $6.50*
 * - Refers to data from the year 2000.
 ** - Estimates compiled by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Employment Policies. 
 For
 reasons of selection bias (detailed at http://www.livingwagenow.com), the
 numbers cited above most likely represent an under-estimate of the number
 of workers at Harvard not earning a living wage. 
 *** - Data collected from 
 worker interviews.

  Many of the sub-contracted positions that now pay the lowest wages on 
 the
 Harvard campus had, until recently, been filled with unionized workers
 directly hired through the University. As the University has outsourced 
 an
 increasing number of its services, however, unionized workers have been
 replaced by non-unionized workers and workers' wages have plummeted
 accordingly. Over the past two years, the university has replaced its
 unionized guards, who used to make a 'living wage,' with non-unionized
 guards from a subcontracting firm (S.S.I.), who make less than a 'living
 wage.' This policy has cut the guards' union from over 180 workers to 19. 

 The Administration claims: "The minimum starting [wage] of a residential
 dining service worker employed by Harvard is currently $10.85 per hour and
 after 2 years of service the per-hour rate is $12.35."

  Again, a technically correct statement that deliberately creates a
 misleading impression through the selective use of language. The minimum
 starting wage for a non-residential dining service worker employed by
 Harvard is $8.05 per hour. The minimum starting wage for a non-residential
 dining service worker at Harvard is currently at most $7.00 per hour -
 people working in this job previously earned substantially higher wages
 under direct Harvard employment prior to outsourcing by the University.

 The Administration claims: "No full-time employee at Harvard earns less
 than $10.25 an hour in total compensation." 

  At least 342 full-time employees 
 at Harvard earn a wage that is below
 $10.25 an hour and many employees at Harvard lack basic benefits such as
 health insurance. While University-subsidized health insurance is provided
 to full-time direct Harvard employees, those who work half time or less 
 do
 not receive such benefits. The Ad-Hoc Committee estimates that 220 of
 Harvard's casual workforce are without health insurance. None of the
 companies that contract for service work on the Harvard campus provide
 health insurance to workers employed for less than 16 hours per week.

 The Administration claims: "The University has established guidelines
 governing contracting with outside companies for service work for ongoing
 service to the Harvard campus of more than $50,000 per year and for periods
 of nine months or more. They specify that companies with whom Harvard
 contracts must maintain employment practices (including offering health
 insurance to employees who work 16 hours a week or more on the Harvard
 campus) consistent with the University's commitment to fairness for all
 workers."

  While the motives underlying the extension of health insurance embodied
 by the guidelines are to be applauded, the move also risks doing more harm
 to employees than good. For instance, the guidelines reduce the hourly
 requirements for health insurance from 20 to 16 hours for janitors and from
 17.5 to 16 for everybody else. To avoid the extra costs involved in the
 provision of such benefits, employers, be they Harvard or its contractors,
 may opt to reduce employees hours so as to render them ineligible.
 Historical precedents for this exist - when Harvard promised health
 insurance to part-timers working 20 hours per week, a lot of them were
 suddenly cut back to 19 hours per week. The Living Wage Campaign suggested
 independent monitoring to protect workers against such cutbacks; Harvard
 refused. The suggestion that the benefit eligibility threshold should be
 lowered to a level that would make it simply impractical for such cutbacks
 in hours to occur has similarly been met with little consideration. 

 STARTING 
 WAGES FOR ALL UNIONIZED WORKERS MAKING LESS THAN $10.25/HOUR
 Occupation      Current Starting Wage   Occupation      Current Starting Wage
 Parking Service Attendants      $8.50   Cashier (Campus Restaurants)    $8.30
 Guards  $8.50   Lead (Campus Restaurants)       $8.80
 Museum Attendants       $8.50   Full-Time Custodian     $9.65
 Short-Order Cook        $8.80   Part-Time Assistant Crew Chief  $9.85
 Counter (Campus Restaurants)    $8.05   Part-Time Custodian     $9.40

 The Administration claims: "Health benefits were made available to all
 employees of the University who work at least two days a week as of Jan. 
 1,
 2001."

  Harvard University does not allow its casual employees (including those
 working in data entry, as mailroom assistants, shuttle-van drivers,
 telephone operators and over 50 other occupational categories) to work more
 than 16 hours per week, thereby precluding them from receiving health
 benefits.  

 The Administration claims: "Harvard's education and training 
 program, the
 Harvard Bridge to Learning and Literacy, is one of the most innovative and
 generous employer-based education programs in the nation. It provides
 courses to entry level workers in English-as-a-second-language, basic
 literacy, GED, and computer literacy."

  The Living Wage Campaign fully endorses the Harvard Bridge to Learning
 and Literacy 
 program. However, it is also no substitute for the implementation 
 of a
 'living wage' for employees at Harvard. No amount of ESL training or
 computer literacy will eliminate the 'poverty wages' that are currently
 being paid to at least 1,179 workers at Harvard. We urge the University 
 to
 continue with its 'Bridge' program, but to also implement a 'living wage'
 at Harvard. 
 The Administration claims: "President Rudenstine and Provost 
 Fineberg have
 open office hours on a regular basis in which they meet with any student
 wishing to consult them on any subject. They have met repeatedly with
 student advocates of the Living Wage during office hours, during visits 
 to
 Houses, and at meetings specifically scheduled to issues relating to
 employment practices at Harvard."

  As recently as one week prior to the commencement of the sit-in, during
 President Rudenstine's 
 last office hours, President Rudenstine informed 
 members of the PSLM that
 the 'living wage' issue would not be reopened. 

 The Harvard University 
 administration has attempted to discredit the
 'living wage campaign' by challenging the stated facts of low-wage
 employment at Harvard. In doing so, the administration has tried to move
 the debate away from whether or not Harvard should implement a 'living
 wage' towards whether or not the 'living wage campaign' is credible.
 However, the move to debate facts is itself evasive. Why, for example,
 should Harvard's decision to implement a 'living wage' depend upon whether
 there are 400 or 1200 workers earning below $10.25 per hour in wages? This
 document establishes the basic facts of employment in Harvard, citing
 almost exclusively administration sources. Hopefully, there will be no more
 dispute over facts. Maybe we can now move back to the real question that
 the University has attempted to conceal:

 WHY NOT IMPLEMENT A LIVING WAGE NOW?

 Thanks for your support, 

 The Harvard Living Wage Campaign
 www.livingwagenow.com