Looking Out: Selfishness Won’t Save Us

Last semester, I went to an event at Oxford organized by The Economist called “The Future of Work.” This title has become shorthand for nebulous concepts such as “the AI/Automation revolution” and how they might lead to a mass chronic unemployment in the near future. I have had a keen interest in this for a couple years […]


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 […]


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 […]


Tufts Labor Coalition, Boston BTC stage action at administration’s town hall

University President Anthony Monaco hosted a Town Hall Meeting yesterday afternoon in the ASEAN Auditorium of the Cabot Intercultural Center to provide updates on the university and to offer students and members of the surrounding community an opportunity to directly ask him questions. Preceding and throughout the meeting, members of the Boston Building Trades Council (BTC) stood outside of the Cabot Intercultural Center in protest of Tufts’ […]


Tufts Labor Coalition protests non-union hiring at Tufts Talks event

As Tufts faculty, alumni and parents arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston St. for a Tufts Talks event yesterday evening, they were greeted by approximately 40 Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) members protesting Tufts’ use of non-union contractors. TLC and the Boston Building Trades Council (BTC) have each worked to ask the Tufts administration to sign a […]


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 […]


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 […]


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