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 […]

News roundup: top headlines of last year

The Tufts community experienced an eventful year, full of logistical, administrative and social changes. The following is a wrap-up of some of the biggest stories of 2015-2016, leading up to the start of the fall semester. September Jumbos arrived back on the Hill to find that the affectionately-termed ‘Joey’ shuttle traveling between campus and Davis Square was to be replaced […]

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 […]

No More Noro: Norovirus outbreak is on the decline

Approximately 72 students were infected with Norovirus last week, according to Margaret Higham, director of Tufts Health Service. She noted that the number of cases is decreasing and that she did not expect to hear of new cases emerging. Higham explained that this approximation may be an underestimation because some students are treated through Tufts Athletics, and others do […]

Outsourcing in Higher Education

The company from which Tufts contracts its custodial services, DTZ, formerly UGL Unicco, has had a business relationship with the university since 2011. While custodians, union representatives and students demanded that the university make no cuts to the janitorial staff, members of the administration defended the decision to reallocate custodial labor and said that the terms of the […]

Tufts Janitors: A History

Throughout the last year, Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) has been organizing in support of DTZ custodial employees who work on Tufts’ campuses. Students, faculty, staff and members of the custodians’ union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ, held demonstrations in opposition to a reorganization of the staff, which was originally estimated to result in 35 layoffs […]

Students, janitors raise concerns about custodial work load, campus cleanliness in wake of janitorial restructuring

Members of Tufts’ janitorial staff and Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) have reported that janitors are being overworked and that the cleanliness of campus buildings has declined as a result of the university’s custodial reorganization and janitorial layoffs, which occurred between June and August. According to Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler, the reorganization implemented by Tufts and the university’s custodial contractor, DTZ —originally estimated to […]

Tufts Labor Coalition organizes Halloween protest outside Gifford House

Approximately 50 people gathered outside of Gifford House on Halloween evening to call for fair labor practices on Tufts’ campuses. The group — organized by the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) — included students, custodial workers and their children and a few construction workers from non-Tufts affiliated projects. Protesters gathered with banners and signs on the lawn outside University President Anthony Monaco’s […]

Labor Day rally sustains opposition to janitorial restructuring

Janitors and students continued their fight against janitorial staff cuts this Monday at 10 a.m. with a rally organized by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ and Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC). Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) blocked vehicle traffic as marchers walked from Powderhouse Square through campus to Ballou Hall, where TLC has held many protests, including […]

Accountability and Action: A Student’s Primary Obligations

As the clock approaches 12 on May 7, I grab my worn backpack and dart out of the Campus Center, the weight of my textbooks reminding me of the sleepless nights ahead. I bolt past the President’s Lawn toward Ballou Hall, Tufts University’s main administrative building, to take advantage of my quick break from finals. […]