[sixties-l] University Code of Conduct/Hearing Nov. 16

From: Johanna Fernandez Pena (jf133@columbia.edu)
Date: 09/27/00

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    Unfair Labor Practices in the University
    A Public Hearing in NYC
    Participants include
    Eric Foner
    Victor Navasky
    Chriss Quinn
    Ed Sullivan
    David Dyson
    & Testimonies from Students and Workers involved in current
    campus struggles
    email Johanna Fernandez @ jf133@columbia.edu for more information
    "Fair Labor Practice" University Code of Conduct Hearing
    Thursday, November 16, 6-8 pm.
    Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
    New York, NY 
    Scholars, Artists, and Writers for Social Justice (SAWSJ) is pleased to
    announce a national campaign to promote a code of fair labor practices for
    campus employers.To launch the campaign, we will be holding a hearing on
    November 16 on the denial of basic rights to college and university campus
    workers. The event is being organized in coalition with student
    organizations and unions representing all sections of university and college
    employees including the AFL-CIO, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS),
    the UAW, AFT, AAUP, SEIU, HERE, Jobs with Justice and the Laborers
    International Union.
    Chaired by Columbia University Professor Eric Foner, the event will feature
    an introductory address by a national AFL-CIO leader and a panel of
    distinguished political, academic, cultural and religious leaders who will
    hear testimony from workers and students involved in a variety of campus
    labor struggles. 
    Campaigns featured include: 
    *	Adjunct faculty organizing in BostonAmerican Association of
    University Professors, Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor and the
    University Organizing Project 
    *	New York UniversityGSOC (Graduate Student Organizing Committee) 
    *	New York UniversityClerical & Technical Workers (AFT Local 3882) 
    *	SUNY AlbanyHERE foodservice workers (a successful struggle by
    students and unions against the use of non-union contractors) 
    *	SUNY StonybrookLabourers (non-union contractor issue) 
    *	Wesleyan UniversityUnited Student-Labor Action Coalition and SEIU
    janitors (successful labor code of conduct campaign) 
    *	Yale University - GESO (Graduate Employee and Student Organization)
    and Healthcare Workers 
    At this hearing, and in the campaign, we will highlight the Fair Labor
    Practice Employer University Code of Conduct (see attached) and call on all
    universities to adopt and implement it. We hope this code will be circulated
    nationally by students and activists on campuses for endorsement by
    university administrations.
    We believe it is important to examine the ways in which the increasing
    corporatization of university life affects faculty, undergraduates, graduate
    students, adjuncts, professional staff, clerical staff, and service and
    maintenance employees. We are committed to bringing together all segments of
    the campus community to resist corporate domination of the university and
    hold administrators accountable to fair labor practice standards that
    guarantee academic freedom and decent working conditions for all campus
    For more information contact:
    Josh Freeman(718) 997-5384 
    Corey Robin(718) 951-5308 
    A "Fair Labor Practice " University Code of Conduct
    Colleges and universities are threatened today by the growing sway of
    corporate values over university life.We see evidence of this influence in
    curricular decisions, research priorities, the declining role of faculty,
    and most visibly in the sphere of employment relations. University employees
    are often denied elementary democratic rights of free speech, economic
    security, and equal opportunity.No educational institution can fulfill its
    mission unless these rights are protected.To that end, every educational
    institution should become a "fair labor practice employer" by ensuring that
    it and all contractors doing business with it secure and uphold the
    following rights:
    1.	Employees at educational institutions have the right to participate
    fully in determining the conditions of their work. Every employee has the
    right to free association, to organize unions without fear of retaliation,
    and to good-faith bargaining.Whenever a majority of employees have
    expressed the desire to be represented by a union - whether by signing a
    petition or union card, or by voting in a union election - colleges and
    universities should recognize their union. Educational institutions should
    not engage in protracted legal struggles to thwart these democratic
    decisions.University and college administrators should conscientiously
    adhere to fair labor principles in contract negotiations and in their
    relations with employee unions, and refrain from practices aimed at
    undermining them.
    2.	All members of the university community have the right to learn,
    teach, work and conduct research in an environment that values and protects
    academic freedom.
    3.	Employees have the right to a living wage, including health,
    pension, and other benefits.
    4.	Employees have the right to a workplace free from discrimination and
    harassment and a workplace that practices affirmative action.International
    students, postdoctoral fellows, and workers have the right to workplaces
    free of intimidation, coercion and misinformation regarding immigration,
    visa, and citizenship status.
    5.	Employees have the right to humane and dignified working conditions
    in an environment that protects the health and safety of the workforce and
    the surrounding community.
    6.	All members of the university community have the right to learn,
    teach, and work in an institution that does not depend upon prison labor.
    These rights should be guaranteed to all employees, including service and
    maintenance workers; clerical and technical workers; security personnel;
    faculty and professional staff; full-time, part-time, and subcontracted
    employees; and adjunct instructors and graduate-student employees.

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