On Friday, November 9th 2018 when SEIU Local 2007 leaders met with Stanford University at the Labor Management Committee the University had no defined plan or protocol to deal with these dangerous conditions.
The precautionary actions that were recommended did not consider the bargaining unit and their daily tasks. The University wanted to discuss the issue in January. The Union strongly urged management to consider the health of all of the workers on campus that were directly affected by the poor air quality.
Days later the smoke continues to linger and the air quality has reached unhealthy levels. Today, Thursday, November 15th, 2018 LBRE AVP Bob Reidy suspended Grounds Operations at 1:00pm. Workers were sent home with pay for the remainder of the day, all day Friday, and all day Saturday. The department is currently reviewing the exposure of the other remaining groups to determine if their operations can continue safely or if, they too, should be sent home.
The Union will be collaborating with the LBRE Employee Health and Safety to develop future protocols.
So far Bob Reidy is the only University leader that has taken workers’ health and safety into consideration. We commend him for the actions he took today.
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.
Do you find yourself speaking up for yourself and others on your work site? Do you belief in the power of the people? You could be a Union Steward with SEIU Local 2007.
If you would like to step up and be a leader in your workplace please download the petition form (click here!) and follow the process laid out in the below flyer.
May Chen led one of the largest Asian-American strikes in History. While working with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, she led 20,000 workers, marching the streets of Lower Manhattan demanding work contracts. By many accounts, the workers won. The employers held back on wage cuts and withdrew their demand to give up their holidays and some benefits. It paved the way for better working conditions. (thanks to Voices of Labor)
Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour
Tamika Mallory is an outspoken champion of social justice who worked with the Obama Administration as a strong advocate for civil rights, equal rights for women, health care, and those who suffer from gun violence and police misconduct. Ms. Mallory is the Co-President of the Women’s March Board; she served as a national organizer for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which drew 300,000, as well as Justice or Else!, where she delivered a national address to over 700,000. (thanks to Women’s March)
Carmen Perez has been advocating around civil rights issues for over 20 years. Issues Ms. Perez has fought for include: mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. Carmen is the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, the Treasurer of Women’s March, the co-founder of Justice League NYC, and founder of the Justice League of California. She has organized numerous national convenings, including Growing Up Locked Down conferences on juvenile justice, and the March2Justice, a 250 mile march which drew Congressional attention to key legislative reforms to confront the national crisis in police violence. (thanks to Women’s March)
Linda Sarsour is a Brooklyn-born Palestinian -American-Muslim activist for racial justice and civil rights, a community organizer, and mother. Ms Sarsour is most notable for her ability to build coalitions across different movements. She led the successful, progressive coalition to close New York public schools for the observance of two of Islam’s most important holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. In 2015, Linda was one of three women co-chairs of the March2Justice, an effort advised and chaired by legendary artist and activist Belafonte, leading almost 100 marchers through 5 states and 250 miles from Staten Island, NY to Washington, DC. (thanks to Women’s March)
Hattie Canty has been called “one of the greatest strike leaders” in the United States. Ms. Canty life led her to becoming a janitor and maid in Las Vegas where she became involved with the Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 (affiliated with the Hotels Employers and Restaurant Employees International Union) . Eventually she was elected to the Executive Board in 1984; her leadership led Local 226 through a successful 75 day walkout/ strike against Las Vegas casinos in an effort to gain better health benefits and a living wage for culinary workers. Ms. Canty also pushed to integrate the union and helped minorities seek and obtain higher level jobs. (thanks to Blackthen)
Jane Fonda is a well known, Academy Award winning actress but is maybe better known for her activism. She first started speaking out against the Vietnam War and then later became an advocate for women, Native Americans, and the environment. Ms. Fonda has used her platform to support the Black Panther Party, the protests at Standing Rock, and has helped establish the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health. Gender equality has been a large part of her advocacy work. In 2005 Fonda co-founded the Women’s Media Center, she serves as on the board of directors of “The Sisterhood is Global” and has used crowd funding to fight violence against women.
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who was the co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association (now the United Farm Workers). Ms. Huerta helped organize the Delano Grape strike in 1965 in California and was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that was created after the strike. She also originated the phrase “Si se puede”. As an advocate for farmworkers’ rights, Huerta has been arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. She remains active in progressive causes, and serves on the boards of People for the American Way, Consumer Federation of California, and the Feminist Majority Foundation. Ms. Huerta is also the president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, a non profit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas: health & environment, education & youth development, and economic development.
Mary G. Harris “Mother” Jones was an Irish-born American school teacher and dressmaker turned prominent labor and community organizer. In her day, Mother Jones helped organize for the Knights of Labor and the Unite Mine Workers. By the time she was 60 years old, Ms. Jones was called “the most dangerous woman in America” for her ability to organize and mobilize workers and their families against the mine owners. Major strikes included: Pennsylvania silk mill strike (fighting for equal wages for female workers) and the Children’s Crusade (fighting against child labor in the mills and mines). Jones used a phrase still used by union supporters more than a century later: “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” She was already known as “the miners’ angel” when she was denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate as the “grandmother of all agitators”, she replied, “I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators.”
Celebrating all women
These women are just a few of the many that have fought hard for our communities and families.
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.
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