April 21, 2009

Vassar Cutting Summer Employees...Union Leaders To Speak

Union leaders will be speaking tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:30pm in the CC MPR against recent employee cuts. A concerned reader sent us this message:

"The Vassar College administration is planning on cutting at least 45 food service employees and even more B&G workers for the summer season. While times are tough, Vassar's plan is an explicit breach of the contract Vassar College signed earlier this fall. These cuts will have broader implications than just loss of livelihood for laid off employees. The College usually utilizes a fully staffed B&G to make necessary repairs and ensure that the grounds are maintained over the summer months. With the cuts the College is planning to make, only the bare essentials will be fixed. Any damage not repaired will remain into the fall, and will be taken care of based on 'which students yell the loudest.' This is an issue that affects us all, and it is important that we know the details of the situation."

3 comments:

derek said...

Welcome to the recession.

Unions always get all haughty and holier than thou. Admin and faculty are getting cut too. Get over it.

The belts get tightened when the recession comes. It's going to affect everyone and the union folks won't be coddled and protected from it while everyone else suffers.

James said...

I've worked all over campus and relied on the jobs I got to pay for rent and food and bills before, but having been pretty impoverished for the large majority of my Vassar experience taught me to sympathize with the college's budgeting as much as with the people who are subject to it. When you don't have money, you don't have money, and you stop arguing with it because you're out on your ass if you don't do something about it.

Alice Paul said...

Derek, the point of unions is to protect the workers. I don't know the details of what's going on, but if it's true that the college isn't honoring their contract, expecting them to do so isn't exactly asking for coddling.