Source: Berger-Marks Foundation, June 1, 2011
Solidarity with Sodexo food service workers
At the University of Washington in Seattle, 27 students were hauled out in handcuffs from the President’s office on May 12. Their crime? They had sat down, in an effort to get the president to meet with them. They wanted the university to “take a stand for worker rights” by ending its $3.4 million contract with the union-busting Sodexo company to operate concessions at the athletics stadium.
Undaunted by the arrests, the next week U of W students took over the Athletic Director’s office, where 13 of them again got arrested defending worker rights.
Meanwhile, students at Western Washington University celebrated victory after eight months of protests over the same issue. That university agreed to end the $150 million deal that allowed Sodexo to operate its dining facilities. Students had acted after a worker who was fired by Sodexo in the Dominican Republic visited the WWU campus to speak against Sodexo’s global human rights abuses….Actions in Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio…
…More student actions against sweatshops
At the University of Texas in Austin, students stepped up an eleven-year campaign for worker rights by sitting in at the president’s office until he agreed to meet with them. They call on the university to affiliate with the Workers Right’s Consortium (WRC), an independent labor rights monitoring group affiliated with 180 colleges and universities.
Cornell’s Students Against Sweatshops held a “study-in” their President’s office to demand that the University break off from the corporate-run Fair Labor Association (FLA) and support the WRC instead.
Students at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the College of William & Mary in Virginia also held peaceful sit-ins for better treatment of campus custodians and other university workers. Several were handcuffed and arrested.
And University of Maryland student activists occupied their President’s office over union-buster Daycon, whose workers have been on strike for a year. The Student Government Association had unanimously called on the President to immediately terminate the University’s contract with Daycon….