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Campus Worker Highlight: Week 1

The Campus Workers’ Rights Coalition and members of CSRE 35SI: “An Introduction to Labor Organizing” have put together a series of profiles drawn from both archival and current interviews with workers on campus to highlight both the struggles that workers at Stanford face and the resilience that they bring to the work they do. Campus workers often have to deal with chronic understaffing, difficult menial labor and hours-long commutes due to a lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area.

Both the Campus Workers’ Rights Coalition and the members of CSRE 35SI believe that students can play a powerful role in supporting the rights of workers on campus. This is an especially pivotal time for students to get involved, since unionized workers’ current contract will be expiring this upcoming summer. This means that the labor union on campus, SEIU Local 2007, and Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) will enter contract negotiations and hopefully finalize a new contract that addresses workers’ needs.

You can help support workers two big ways: (1) Sign this petition calling on Stanford to provide its workers equitable benefits and a living wage, and (2) attend the May Day rally happening on May 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in White Plaza to stand in solidarity with campus workers.

The following profile is a translation of an interview with a campus worker conducted by the Stanford Student and Labor Alliance (SALA).

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Editor’s note: This week’s profile has been removed from online publication. The worker has requested that their story be shared only in print editions of The Daily.

Contact Campus Workers’ Rights Coalition at stanfordworkersrights’at’gmail.com.

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