[act-ma] 11/15 Support the Harvard Janitors Prepared to Strike as Midnight Deadline Looms

Nancy Kohn nancybkohn at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 06:31:13 PST 2011

***Harvard Janitors Prepared to Strike as Midnight Deadline Looms*
 Boston, MA--- Janitors, students and allies plan a series of marches and
protests Tuesday as the union contract expiration deadline for hundreds of
janitors at Harvard approaches. The contract expires at Midnight on
Tuesday. In advance of the deadline, two actions have been planned for the
15th, one at President Drew Faust’s speech at the Loeb Drama Center, and
the other in protest of the Harvard Management Company at the Federal
Reserve Bank in Boston.

 The president's speech is being protested during this 375th anniversary
event because there is disjunction in the idea of Harvard as an institution
for all.

 At $32 billion, Harvard’s endowment makes them not only the wealthiest
university in the country, but in the world. Despite their reputation as
the preeminent educational institution, Harvard is unwilling to make sure
that the workers who clean their campuses have full time work, affordable
healthcare, and equality between direct and contracted out workers.

 Harvard’s highest paid employee and lowest paid employee ratio stands at
180:1. While wages have increased over the past ten years, many workers
remain at a part-time status, often making as little as $19,000 a year.
Meanwhile, excessive compensation by the university has top officials
making $32,000 a day.

 *Protest Outside Faust Speech*
 WHEN: 4PM, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
 WHERE: Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge

 *Protest Harvard Management Company at Federal Reserve Bank*
 WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2011
 WHERE: 600 Atlantic Ave. (across from Occupy Boston & next to South

*VISUALS:* Sandwich Boards stating, “The Harvard Corporation stands with
the 1% while the 99% struggle to pay their bills” and “The Harvard
Corporation stands with the 1% while the 99% struggle to see their

*Interviews available:  * Custodians, Occupy Harvard solidarity activists,
union officials, alumni

contact:* S**arah Betancourt – Office 617-878-7492 | Cell: 802-999-2400*
Twitter at @SEIU615
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