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 […]

Construction on new, more efficient energy plant begins

Tufts has begun construction on a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), which will use high-efficiency cogeneration technology and will be located beside the existing one next to Dowling Hall. According to Lauren Martin, communications specialist at the Office of Sustainability, the 2013 Campus Sustainability Report outlined sustainability goals for Tufts in the three areas with the greatest […]

DTZ to cut and restructure janitorial positions

During a meeting with Tufts Labor Coalition (TLC) members on March 10, Tufts and DTZ administration revealed a plan to increase cleaning efficiency at Tufts‘ three campuses, which would result in cutting a number of part-time janitorial jobs. Concerned students and workers protested the cuts outside Facilities Services at 520 Boston Ave. throughout the hour-and-a-half meeting. According to […]

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 […]

Administration issues statement on custodial services, TLC leads opposition

Tufts administration released an announcement on “Custodial Services at Tufts” on Nov. 21, which outlined the current status of the recently signed contract between Tufts and DTZ, the outside contractor for Tufts janitors. The plan DTZ is developing in accordance with the new contract was also mentioned, though changes are not expected until March at the earliest, according to Vice […]