Monday, January 25, 2010

PICKET against job insecurity at Harvard, Thurs 1/28 @ 5 p.m.

Hundreds of Harvard's dining service workers just endured most of January without any pay or unemployment benefits. Many laid-off clerical workers still can't get re-hired, despite months of searching for open positions. Others face long unpaid furloughs, and/or the conversion of their jobs into "seasonal" ones--meaning summers off without pay! Aggravating these problems is the abuse of temp employment. According to the clerical workers' contract, if a temp works 17.5 hrs/wk or more for over 3 months, the position is supposed to be changed to a union job with benefits. Instead, temps all over campus labor for many more months, or even years, without even one paid sick day. A case in point is Dennis Prater. Harvard kept Dennis in several categories of temp employment, while unfairly denying him union benefits, for almost a year, and then laid him off!

Please join us as we rally to encourage Harvard to create more union positions from temp jobs, re-hire the laid off workers, stop the furloughs and other practices that threaten the livelihoods of campus workers! Our picket will take place this Thursday, 1/28, at 5 p.m., at Holyoke Center (1350 Mass. Ave, next to Au Bon Pain, steps from the Harvard T).

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