Brandeis Labor Coalition Proposes Just Employment Policy

Brandeis Labor Coalition Proposes Just Employment Policy

Students from the Brandeis Labor Coalition are leading the way to implement the Just Employment Policy at their university. Brandeis students and BLC members Julia Dougherty, Tamar Lyssy, and Andrew Nguyen wrote in the Brandeis Justice: Brandeis University is not immune to labor concerns. During the past few years, unjust labor conditions and practices have led us astray from our roots in cultivating social justice in our own community. … Workers employed directly by Brandeis receive a living wage, calculated as being $15.05 for a single adult in Waltham by the Crittenton Women’s Union. This does not extend, however, to workers employed by outside contractors. They continued: Brandeis Labor Coalition therefore is pushing for the implementation of a Brandeis Just Employment Policy for all workers, including those employed by outside contractors. This Just Employment Policy will provide an indexed living wage standard, ensure all workers have harassment-free work environments and ensure there exists effective, safe grievance procedures. The University will respect the right of workers to vote in union elections and uphold union agreements. Secure, full-time employment will be prioritized over temporary jobs. Lastly, oversight infrastructure will be created to enforce the Just Employment Policy and publish an annual report on labor conditions at Brandeis. Georgetown University’s Just Employment Policy, which has served as a model for our policy, guarantees a living wage, annually indexed to keep up with the costs of good and services in the area, to both University employees and full-time contract workers on-campus. Implemented in 2005, the policy also includes measures that ensure all workers have secure and just employment. Administration at Georgetown, at first hostile to the policy, now frequently...