The County of Santa Clara is currently in the process of determining how much Stanford should contribute for housing to mitigate Stanford’s impacts of development under the proposed General Use Permit. We have urged Stanford to build affordable housing on or near campus for service workers. We are working with the county, students, and affordable housing allies to push Stanford to commit to supporting its workforce by creating affordable housing. The county recently voted to direct staff to draft an ordinance with a proposed fee of $68.50 per square foot of academic development, but this number could go up or down depending on the level of community involvement.
There are several upcoming community and county meetings where your voice is critical to pushing Stanford to build affordable housing units. The next meeting to provide input through the Stanford Community Resource Group committee is:
June 14, at 7:00 pm. 1313 Newell Rd. Palo Alto, CA.
Stanford Dining workers have stood up to hold management accountable to their lack of respect and the poor working conditions they have created by paying more attention to the bottom line than the workers that fulfill their mission. Other SEIU Local 2007 members, students, and community allies have also stood up in solidarity to push for the change that is desperately needed. We are not done yet! The Dining Committee has put together an update to their campaign and has laid out their demands to share with our community:
The Sticker Action that took place on January 12th, 2018 and Stanford University’s response caught the attention of KPIX 5. The following video aired on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15th, 2018.
Keep coming back for more updates!
Show your solidarity, get out and vote Thursday February 1st 7 AM to 5 PM!
- Bon Air Siding Conference Room – 327 Bon Air Siding
- Ricker Dining Hall – The Green Room238 Santa Teresa St.
- Alway Building Computer Lab – M206 300 Pasteur Dr.
- Gerhard Casper Dining Commons (formally Manzanita) – 661 Escondido Rd.
- Training room, building 003
Last month (October 2017) SEIU Local 2007 Food Service Workers told Stanford Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) management they have had enough of their delay tactics in addressing the chronic understaffing in the dining halls. Union staff and stewards have been in formal talks with R&DE management for over a year regarding this issue with no movement in the right direction. Bargaining unit members are working side by side with casual and temporary workers for years that have no access to University benefits (i.e. health care/ vacation time/401K) because they are religiously kept under 20 hours per week. Despite the fact that these workers have the experience needed to fill the over 25 vacant positions posted on the University website. To make matters worse, the giant workload placed upon the Food Service Workers is becoming a health and safety issue. Our members have great pride in the service they provide and the students who receive them. This is why they push hard to still meet management’s high demands on their bodies but more and more workers are having to go out on workers’ comp injuries, and short-term or long-term disability. Workers from Lakeside, Ricker, and Manzanita dining halls signed and delivered petitions to demand that R&DE management recognize and appreciate the hard work of its employees, actively promote from within to fill the higher level vacant positions, offer opportunities to the casual and temporary employees currently working in the dining halls, and provide adequate coverage for those out on workers’ comp or disability.
This isn’t the end… this is only the beginning.
The School of Engineering just underwent a surprise restructering resulting in four of our members being laid-off and more than a dozen non union staff. Two from the Stanford Center for Professional Development and two others from the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF).
We are currently in the process of investigating these two situations to see if these changes were justified or just a farce in order to bring in cheap labor via a third party contractor.
If that is the case we will file a grievance and get our workers back to work and made whole for any loss in pay and benefits.
We will keep you updated.