Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Sat May 25 12:17:12 PDT 2013

Dear All,

Please join workers, students, and concerned community members this
Thursday, May 30, at 1 pm at Harvard's Holyoke Center, 1350 Mass Ave in
Cambridge, as we show support for Harvard staff targeted for discriminatory
layoffs. Union members Sarah and Darlene, the only African American
Operations Analysts in Harvard's University Financial Services Department,
were supposedly fired for "not meeting productivity expectations."
According to Harvard's own statistics, white Operations Analysts in UFS who
produced much less not only kept their jobs, but got a $10,000 raise and
promotion in one case, and in another case had a temporary job made
permanent, just as Sarah and Darlene were fired. No one in UFS deserved to
be laid off; Sarah's and Darlene's terminations were blatantly
discriminatory. Last week they filed charges at the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination. Our action, concurrent with Harvard's
Commencement celebrations, will congratulate graduates and build support
for the campaign to get Darlene and Sarah reinstated, along with Paul, a
union member whose welcome back to work, after a medical leave following
surgery, was to have his job taken away. Paul has 31 years' service in
Harvard's Science Center.

You're cordially invited to help encourage the world's richest University
to treat its workers with respect! Please forward this message.

In Solidarity,

Geoff Carens, Union Rep, Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers
Delegate, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
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