All across the country higher education is facing unprecedented challenges. Yet, staff are joining together to build power on the job and community across campuses. Staff unions at Emerson College, Brandeis University, Boston University, and UMass Lowell have activated their unions to advocate for the interests of staff and to ensure administrations act transparently.
Staff without unions have started to talk to their co-workers about what it means to have a collective voice and an organization that is of, by, and for staff members on campus. Staff at multiple campuses have also started to discuss how their respective institutions are responding to covid-19 and best practices for fighting back against any anti-worker policies administrations roll out.
At the same time, the US has witnessed a nation wide uprising against police brutality and institutional racism. The racist violence that has always existed in the United States is again on full display for the entire world to see. As higher ed staff, we must come together to fight racism on our campuses and in our communities. As the recent wave of protests show, acting collectively is the most effective way to fight against institutional racism and white supremacy.
Do you want to connect with other higher ed workers fighting to improve our work lives and build the skills it takes to win a staff union on your campus? Do you want to commit to taking action around fighting racism on our campuses and in our communities?
Join your colleagues from across Massachusetts and SEIU Local 888 on Saturday, June 20th for our second annual Higher Ed Labor Summit! This year’s summit will be held via Zoom. We will center the role of anti-racism in our organizing efforts and how our unions and organizing campaigns can effectively combat the racist practices and policies that continue to infect our campuses.
Please register using this zoom link and like Seize the Ivory Tower on Facebook to keep up to date with event details!