Students Join Janitors' Struggle at Jesuit University

By Malcolm, Teresa | National Catholic Reporter, July 2, 1999 | Go to article overview

Students Join Janitors' Struggle at Jesuit University


Malcolm, Teresa, National Catholic Reporter


Student activists at Fairfield University in Connecticut said they were putting the values they were taught at the Jesuit institution into action this spring when they supported the school's janitors in a struggle to unionize. The 60 janitors are contracted through an outside custodial company.

Following student protests that culminated in an 11-hour sit-in and a threatened hunger strike, university officials announced that the school is establishing new criteria to govern its relationships with external contractors.

In addition to forming a six-person committee to draft the new guidelines, the university announced that it was terminating its contract with the custodial company, Service Management Group, effective by the fall semester.

"This is a Jesuit institution, and we've sat through class after class where they've told us about social justice," student activist Kate Ferranti told reporters at the sit-in held April 16 in the administrative building. "That's why we think this fight is important."

Thirty-nine students staged the sit-in outside the office of the university president, Jesuit Fr. Aloysius P. Kelley, after presenting a letter asking him to make sure the janitors were unionized by May 1. The protest ended when school officials promised to consider terminating its contract with Service Management if the company was found to have committed unfair labor practices.

The sit-in, as well as a rally attended by about 250 people in February, was organized by Concerned University Community Members, a social justice campus group with about 10 members who recruited other students to join them in the sit-in. Ferranti, a group member, described those who joined as "wonderful people, members of every honors society, members of every club -- student leaders. The administration had to listen. It wasn't 40 failing students sitting in the administration building yelling."

Organizers for the Service Employees International Union said that most of the janitors working at the university are paid between $6.50 and $7.75 an hour. They said that many janitors are unable to afford health insurance premiums, which run up to $2,000 a year.

Since January, the janitors have mounted an effort to join the Service Employees International Union Local 531. More than 60 percent of the janitors signed cards in favor of joining the union. However, the Bridgeport, Conn., company has insisted on an election.

Autumn Weintraub, a union organizer, said that elections provide a chance for employers to intimidate workers and drag the unionizing process out for months. …

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