Tufts janitors allege unjust firing, racist treatment by C&W Services supervisors

Content warning: This article discusses mental health. Editor’s note: This article contains the alleged use of the N-word by a C&W Services employee. In addition, quotes from several janitors were translated from Spanish to English by the reporters of this article. When Victoria Guerra started her new job as a janitorial supervisor at Tufts University […]

Janitor Anita Posadas forced to leave work after injury on the job

Anita Posadas, a janitor who has worked at Tufts for 20 years, said she suffered a fall on the job in March and tore a muscle in her left shoulder. Posadas, whose statements were translated from Spanish to English by her granddaughter Ana Castaneda, said that she has not received adequate workers’ compensation for her injury […]

Editorial: Anita Posadas’ mistreatment represents glaring failure of university

The testimony of Anita Posadas will shock many on this campus. The underlying message of her testimony, however, is that she is only an anecdote of a larger unpleasant narrative. Over the last few years, the restructuring of janitorial services has reduced the number of staff cleaning individual buildings and led to overwork. In December 2015, former Tufts janitor […]

Editorial: Considerations for new upperclassmen housing

Last month, Tufts’ Residential Strategies Working Group (RSWG) announced their intention to implement proposals for alternative off-campus housing options for juniors and seniors. The group, commissioned by President Monaco, was formed last year in response to housing ordinances in Medford and Somerville that limit the number of students permitted to live in a house, effectively driving […]

Op-Ed: A Tufts for all

Negotiations for a contract for university custodians are underway between Tufts University’s cleaning contractor Cushman & Wakefield Inc. (C&W) and 32BJ SEIU — the largest property service union in the country. These are the hardworking men and women who help to make Tufts a top-notch university while supporting their families and local businesses. At a […]

How Tufts stacks up

The university’s decision to restructure janitorial services, which has been met with sustained objection from many students, staff and faculty members since its announcement in November 2014, was made due to analyses that showed Tufts to be less efficient than comparable institutions in its deployment of custodial staff. “The reorganization was informed by a DTZ analysis that […]

Biannual Cause Dinner supports Justice for Janitors Community Fund

The biannual Cause Dinner, hosted by Tufts Dining Services and Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate and sponsored by Tufts Freethought Society, raised $3,513 for the Justice for Janitors Community Fund on Nov. 17.  Students who attended the Carmichael and Dewick Dining Centers between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. that night had the option to donate money or a meal […]