Hunger strike ends with no agreement over janitorial cuts

According to a Tufts Labor Coalition press release, student activists have decided to end a weeklong hunger strike, which began at 3 p.m. last Sunday, May 3. In the release, TLC said the protesters will continue to work against proposed cuts to at least 20 janitorial staff members, with a sixth meeting with the administration scheduled for Monday. TLC, janitorial […]

As third day of hunger strike begins, TLC and administrators meet

University administrators and representatives from Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) held their bi-weekly meeting in the Mayer Campus Center today to discuss the university’s plans to make cuts to janitorial staff. The meeting took place in the midst of a five-student hunger strike in protest of the proposed cuts, which began last Sunday, May 3.  TLC held a […]

TLC occupation site fenced in as hunger strike continues

University officials have erected a fence around the occupation site of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) protesters as the five-student hunger strike in protest of proposed cuts to janitorial staff continues. As of this evening, Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) and Tufts administrators will only allow Tufts students to enter the fenced-in site, which is located […]

TLC initiates hunger strike, occupation in protest of proposed cuts to janitorial staff

Shortly after 3 p.m. today, five members of Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) initiated an indefinite hunger strike to protest a pending cut to janitorial staff. Strikers and student supporters set up an occupation on the academic quad at noon today, where they intend to stay until the administration agrees to postpone the proposed cuts until the spring of 2016. […]

Tufts students among several arrested at protest against janitor cuts

Several Tufts students were arrested today during a march against planned cuts to janitorial positions at Tufts. A total of seven protesters were arrested, according to a release from Service Employees International Union 32BJ, which organized the protest. According to Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC), which led the student participation in the protest, the arrested students, who have been released […]

Why Tufts needs to reorganize custodial services

A number of questions have been raised by students and others in the Tufts community about the reorganization of custodial services at the university. We’d like to take this opportunity to share some key points about this change. First, we understand that any change in a community as close-knit as ours is difficult, especially when […]

Jumbo statue unveiled as students protest, call for no janitor cuts

Hundreds of current and prospective students, parents, alumni, administration members and student protestors gathered outside Barnum Hall on April 17 to await the unveiling of the new Jumbo sculpture. One group of protestors stood in front of the podium during speeches about the statue and another in front of the statue itself, before, during and after […]

Medford City Council unanimously votes to support Tufts janitors

On April 7, the Medford City Council unanimously voted on a resolution to ask Tufts University to re-evaluate its plans to cut 35 part-time janitors from its staff. Councilor Adam Knight proposed the resolution at the public meeting. Knight, who attended the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) Forum in March, said he was skeptical as to why […]

Forum attendees share opposition to proposed DTZ cuts

Tufts Labor Coalition’s (TLC) Public Forum last Friday, March 27 brought a large crowd to Braker Hall 001 to challenge Tufts’ proposed cuts to the janitorial budget. Students, janitors, parents, alumni and administrators gathered at 2:30 p.m. to share their opinions, demonstrate their opposition to the proposed cuts and show their support of the janitors. TLC organized the […]

Janitors and students protest proposed cuts to working hours

Dozens of janitors and students, as well as two Service Employees International Union (SEIU) representatives, gathered outside of Brown and Brew today and marched down Boston Ave. to Tufts Facilities Services building to protest proposed cuts of janitorial jobs. Protestors marched in a circle outside the building for an hour and a half while Tufts Labor […]