Vice President of Operations Linda Snyder to retire

Vice President of Operations Linda Snyder will retire from Tufts at the end of this semester, after about four and a half years at the university. Since beginning her term in 2012, Snyder has overseen facilities services, dining, public safety and campus planning, among other departments. Current Director of Capital Programs Barb Stein has been […]

Construction of new Science and Engineering Complex to be completed this summer

Construction on the Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), which began in April 2013, will be completed this summer, and the building will be in use by fall 2017, according to Vice President of Operations Linda Snyder. The complex, which will include existing buildings Anderson Hall and Robinson Hall, will also feature an addition, Snyder said. The new complex will house facilities for […]

Construction on Central Energy Plant continues after initial delay

Construction of the new Central Energy Plant (CEP) will continue into 2017, several months after the originally projected completion date of summer 2016, according to Vice President for Operations Linda Snyder. According to Randall Preston, director of the University Energy Project, construction of the CEP began in April 2015. Construction was initially scheduled to begin earlier in the season, but […]

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’ […]

Letter to the Editor: How Tufts evaluates and selects construction firms

Dear Editor, In response to the March 8 Tufts Daily article, “Tufts Labor Coalition protests non-union hiring at Tufts Talks event,” we would like to share information about Tufts’ process for evaluating and selecting construction firms. We followed this process in selecting firms for the Science and Engineering Complex (SEC). For projects of this size, […]

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 demands that university engage in union-only hiring

About 40 students gathered on the Lower Patio of the Mayer Campus Center yesterday afternoon to rally, calling on Tufts to stop using non-unionized building trade workers on the Medford/Somerville campus. During the rally, which was organized by the Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC), supporters marched through the Mayer Campus Center, past Tisch Library and the Cannon, up to Ballou […]

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 […]

Protests continue over Tufts’ use of non-union construction labor

The Tufts administration’s hiring of non-union workers and companies for university construction projects has been challenged by protest efforts since this summer in the form of flyers, signs and, in the past two weeks, mobile billboard trucks on campus. These actions have been organized by the Boston Building Trades Council (Boston BTC), an umbrella organization that works with and represents unionized construction in […]