In light of recent protests by a workers union of Stanford employees, The Daily examined the history of the challenges the University’s service workers have faced over the years.
All of us at Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Stanford Dining, including our valued employees represented by SEIU Local 2007, share the passion of students and the university community to make Stanford the best possible institution. Essential to our mission is ensuring a safe workplace for our staff, including a strong compensation package, training and…
Workers were told that the stickers’ message, “Respect and fair workload,” was “disparaging of Stanford” and thus went against a union-University agreement. Union representatives called requests to remove the stickers a violation of workers’ rights.
Come Dec. 16, finals week ends, dining halls close, students’ ID cards no longer unlock the dorms, heating and lights go off and thousands of students return home, wherever that may be. But what about the few students who don’t?
Workers from two dining halls hand-delivered petitions to Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) management on Tuesday, lodging a formal complaint against what they describe as “chronic understaffing” and “unacceptable workloads” that they say the department has ignored for over a year.
Coterms who take an extra year at Stanford report taking on greater responsibility for all areas of their lives, from their courses of study to their housing to their finances. As one coterm put it, making a comparison to the undergraduate experience: “It’s a completely different game.”
Some graduate students with children who spoke to The Daily said that they feel they are being overlooked and that the University could do more to meet their needs.
Dear ‘Llaga (I can call you that, right?), I can’t quit you. Ours is a love that few can understand. It’s a love that cannot be measured by daylights, sunsets, Late Nights or cups of coffee from your new flavored caffeine powder machines. But it could be measured in the decibels of laughter resounding in…