Stanford students rallied with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2007, the on-campus workers’ union, in honor of May Day — a holiday celebrating the international labor movement — and to support workers during their upcoming contract negotiations with Stanford University.
The Campus Workers’ Rights Coalition and members of CSRE35SI: 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 and difficult menial labor. Alongside this, Stanford does not pay its workers a living wage despite the rising costs of food, health, and housing in the Bay, and workers must often cover many of their own health costs because of a lack of insurance benefits while managing hours-long commutes due to a dearth of affordable housing.
“…and to all those who died, scrubbed floors, wept and fought for us.”
On May 1, Stanford workers, faculty, allies and students gathered in solidarity in White Plaza to support workers, immigrants, refugees and immigrant workers before marching in San Jose. Organized by Stanford’s labor union SEIU Local 2007 in partnership with Stanford Sanctuary Now, the action attempted to resist the current presidential administration and unite the “power of the…