[act-ma] PICKET against job insecurity at Harvard, Thurs. 1/28 5 p.m.

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Mon Jan 25 15:34:31 PST 2010

*Dear All,

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). A flyer is
attached with more details.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=272734288855&ref=mf

In Solidarity,

Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW/AFSCME local 3650
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