Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hungry for Security

After the horrors that took place in Blacksburg - in what was supposed to be a safe and secure environment - campus security has become a hot topic.

I read my college's newspaper that the College Publisher Network created an update page about campus security and my former universities' students walked right up to the chancellor and asked for more and better security on campus.

This is happening all over the country. However nowhere that I have heard of is having as big of a problem addressing this need for security than Harvard.

The Progressive Jewish Alliance has joined the strike against the school in order to help the security workers get a fair and comperable wage to protect the students. In a press release PJA noted:
Security officers, newly unionized with the Service Employees International Union Local 615, are currently negotiating their first contract with AlliedBarton. Security officers at Harvard presently make a starting wage of $12.63 an hour. Union demands would raise this wage to at least $15 an hour, on real parity with other Harvard workers. Comparable universities in the Boston area such as MIT pay security officers on average $18 to $20 an hour, despite a significantly smaller endowment.

This is what Unions are for; to help people who are working in dangerous positions gain the compensation they deserve. These security guards are protecting the students who clearly will be running the world in a few years, you would think that Harvard and the other involved in this negotiation would see that the increase in wages - in a city that isn't so cheap - is the right thing to do.

There is also a hunger strike going on for the workers. I think that is silly. Starving yourself doesn't do anything. I am glad to hear however, that the PJA this past Shabbat took part in singing and dancing for an Oneg Shabbat near the hunger strikers - to lift them into the Shabbat spirit. (This was after they had a wonderful Shabbat dinner.)

You can read more about this effort here: Stand For Security

1 comment:

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