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.
New Media training helps staff learn to connect with it’s members. Stewards and organizers will be collecting personal email addresses and cell phone #’s from members to keep them informed and in the loop as 2007 builds it’s solidarity.
We are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Francisco Preciado!
Francisco has experience working in local and state politics. He has advised California State Assembly Members and State Senators, managed a non-profit, worked as a union organizer, and completed several legal externships. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was recognized for his work assisting low-income workers. Francisco has a Masters Degree in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State University, and a dual Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Chicano(a) Studies from Stanford University.
Francisco is committed to social justice and is excited to rejoin the labor movement. Welcome back Francisco!
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.
It’s an honor to represent all of us once more and I promise to continue to do everything possible for us to have a meaningful, respected and protected voice through our Union in the design and execution of our work. I will do everything possible to make sure we are treated fairly and equitably in our jobs.
This month marks the beginning of our second year of our new contract. Our 2014 Negotiations Team led by former President Paul Regalado negotiated a 2.5% increase effective September 1st, 2015 for us which will be reflected on your paycheck September 22nd, 2015.
Since Jim Berk founded the Stanford Workers back in 1973 we United Stanford workers have stood together to improve the terms of our many contracts.
We have a proud history of standing up for the rights that we have won over the years through tough times and good times. I have no doubt that together we can only make our place of employment and our communities an even better place to work and live.
“The boss don’t listen when one guy squawks, but he’s got to listen when the Union talks”
Join me as we move our Union forward together.
In Unity, Jose N. Escanuela
President, SEIU Local 2007