Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Next public action of the No Layoffs Campaign

Reinstate laid-off employees!

Harvard University recently announced 275 layoffs of clerical and administrative staff. Activists estimate that about 1,000 workers have actually lost their jobs at Harvard in the past few months, including contact, less-than-half-time, and term employees, who were not mentioned in Harvard's announcement. These deep cuts will inflict serious harm on workers, their families, the surrounding communities, and scholarship at Harvard. A coalition of union members, non-union workers, students, faculty and neighborhood activists is fighting to stop the layoffs and get workers who have lost their jobs rehired. Please join us:

Thursday, August 6, 12:30 p.m.
Holyoke Center, 1350 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

We will demonstrate to show Harvard that this issue is not going away. The richest university in the world, whose "non-profit" status confers special tax advantages, owes the public more than mass job cuts at a time of economic recession. Harvard made some risky bets on private equity, hedge funds, etc., and has lost some value from its still-massive endowment, but retains enormous resources, and income from many other sources apart from the endowment. If any cuts need to happen, Harvard should "chop at the top," not take away the livelihoods of lower-paid staff, many of whom live check-to-check.

For more information please email: nolayoffscampaign@yahoo.com.

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