Op-Ed: Tufts’ treatment of Facilities workers

Editor’s note: During the author’s time on Tufts’ grounds crew in summer 2018, he interviewed members of his immediate team tasked with maintaining the lower campus, as well as ground workers across the campus. This opinion piece includes quotes from sources who wished to remain anonymous for their personal safety. When prospective students arrive at […]


It takes a community to build Community Day

Countless tables lined the quad, representing various community groups, charities and organizations from Tufts and its surrounding cities. On the outskirts of the maze of tables, various activities for children like face painting, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and even a mini game of quidditch, facilitated by members of the Tufts Quidditch team engaged young children and […]


Tufts avoids NLRB hearing through agreement on schedule changes with facilities workers’ union

Tufts University and 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union representing facilities workers, finally reached an agreement regarding an unpopular schedule change. The agreement, which was made on Feb. 8, avoided a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing of the unfair labor practices charge the union filed, according to Eugenio Villasante, SEIU’s regional communications manager. In […]


Mixed recycling newly implemented at Tufts

Starting this semester, Tufts will begin transitioning to a mixed recycling system, a change from the previous dual stream recycling system, according to Director of Campus Services Gary Hill. Over winter break, Facilities Services began the transition on the Medford/Somerville campus by placing new lids on waste bins and replacing nonstandard bins, according to Kate Doherty Bolivar, Facilities […]


Six weeks later, facilities workers still impacted by scheduling changes

It has been a little over six weeks since five facilities workers were switched to a Tuesday-Saturday schedule from the Monday-Friday schedule they were hired to work, and workers say that dissatisfaction is still high as they grapple with the effects of the change. “I think overall morale is definitely down,” said Jack Ng, a […]


Tufts left largely untouched by Massachusetts drought

As Massachusetts undergoes its most serious drought in decades, Tufts and many of the surrounding areas remain largely unrestricted in terms of water usage. In its most recent weekly report released last Thursday, the United States Drought Monitor classified 98.03 percent of the state as being under drought conditions. More than a third of the state, […]


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, […]


Inspectors evaluate condition of Lewis roof following student complaints

Lewis Hall is undergoing inspection by Tufts Facilities for cracks in the dormitory’s roof, which will be replaced during the summer as a part of larger on-campus construction and renovation projects. This week’s inspection, which started Tuesday and ends today, follows a previous inspection conducted by Facilities of top-floor rooms in Lewis Hall on Sept. 24, according to […]


Construction on new science and engineering building continues

Construction is underway to build the Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) on the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus.  The building, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will house laboratories and research facilities for disciplines such as biology, chemical biology, civil engineering, bio-medical engineering and environmental sciences. The construction site falls in between Bromfield-Pearson, Anderson and Robinson Halls and […]


Departments work together to tackle winter storm challenges

As record amounts of snowfall continue to fall in the Boston area, Tufts’ Facilities Services department and Office of Emergency Management (OEM) have been working together to keep the Medford/Somerville campus accessible by preparing for storms and managing snow removal. According to Geoffrey Bartlett, director of emergency management, the OEM coordinates with other university departments to facilitate storm preparedness and snow removal. Bartlett […]


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