PPro is happy to support the Princeton Young Democratic Socialists in their support of campus workers’ grievances against the University over working conditions. Here is their document:
A group of us from Princeton Young Democratic Socialists are working to raise awareness around grievances that campus workers have leveled against the University and management. We hope that the Princeton Progressive can help! As you well know, labor issues are something that concern the leftist community everywhere.
Have you heard that campus workers were “packed into Frist basement like sardines” during one of last year’s snowstorms and the the University refused overtime pay for all of their hours worked?
Or perhaps you’ve spoken to workers in Frist about how many workers at Princeton have to work 1-3 additional jobs outside of Princeton to make ends meet.
If you care about the workers in Dining Services, Facilities, and more who make it possible for us to live at Princeton, join Young Democratic Socialists of Princeton in supporting campus workers as they renegotiate their contract this summer to get better pay, adequate housing during extreme weather, fairer treatment from management, and better protection from racial discrimination and sexual harassment. Please sign and share our petition to your listserv. Additionally, here is a link to a PDF of the more detailed grievance report that will be sent to President Eisgruber, the Board of Trustees, and the Office of the Provost. If you have any questions, please let us know directly.
Students started labor solidarity work in the early 2000s with WROC (Workers Rights Organizing Committee). YDS revived this work in Spring 2017, when we marched to support workers after the University gave them undignified housing and failed to pay all workers overtime.
In anticipation of contract renegotiations this summer, YDS organized a Town Hall on May 9th in which SEIU Local 175 employees publicly shared their grievances and called on the university to do better by them. We wrote this petition to consolidate, document, and amplify their grievances.
Princeton YDS Worker’s Rights Committee Member