Dining workers criticize state of contract negotiations at community meeting

Dining workers and student activists rallied support for UNITE HERE Local 26, the union which represents dining workers, in their contract negotiations with the university last night in Pearson 104. Speakers repeatedly criticized how the university administration has handled the talks. Negotiations will go into their 11th round next Wednesday, according to Tufts’ Executive Director of Public Relations Patrick Collins.  The […]

Out of Left Field: Tim Tebow’s wild ride

I don’t like Tim Tebow. I don’t like that the Mets signed him to a minor league contract over some player who actually deserves it. Since his days with the Denver Broncos, Tebow has been a media circus and a poor player. As some may recall, Tebow was a bad NFL quarterback. He went on […]

Janitors vote to approve new contract, gain heath benefits, hourly salaries

Tufts janitors voted in support of a new contract Thursday, with 132 janitors voting in favor and three against, thereby establishing the contract as the official workplace agreement for the next four years, according to 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Regional Communications Director of New England Eugenio Villasante. SEIU, the union representing Tufts janitors, and Cushman […]

Tufts Labor Coalition holds rally, raises awareness for janitors’ contract negotiations

Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) held a welcome-back rally on Matriculation Day to introduce incoming first-years, visiting parents and returning students to their ongoing fight for better working conditions and compensation for Tufts janitors. At the rally, students and custodial workers listed their demands for an upcoming labor contract currently being negotiated between C&W Services– a contractor hired by […]

Facilities workers union files charges against university, claims workers’ rights violated

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ New England District has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Tufts University with the National Board of Labor Relations following the university’s introduction of schedule changes set to be implemented on Sept. 5. The union is arguing that the university has failed to bargain appropriately about changes to facility workers’ schedules, […]

Op-ed: Tufts should fulfill progressive values, hire union-only labor

Why did you choose Tufts? Was it in part because of its reputation for responsible, active citizenship? Or were you drawn to its values of social justice and progressivism? Us too. But much to our disappointment, our administration’s actions have shown the opposite to be true. While the Tufts administration claims to foster a society […]

Op-ed: Tufts janitors to renegotiate contract this spring

Imagine 105 people cleaning up after more than 7,000 students and faculty, keeping our whole campus clean every day — with only 21 percent of them working 40 hours per week. It sounds impossible to me, but that is what Vice-President of Operations Linda Snyder expects from janitors at Tufts, as outlined in her April 2015 op-ed […]

University to consider changing printing services for next academic year

The university is considering making changes to its current printing services that would go into effect this fall, amid negotiations for a new student printing contract when the current contract expires on June 30. Part of these negotiations include a survey emailed out to the student body by the Print/Copy Contract Team on Feb. 16. […]