Rally for Physical Plant

Short notice, but if you’re at Usdan for lunch tomorrow you might as well stop by North College at noon:

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/23) at 12:00, North College:

Rally with Physical Plant!

Put pressure on the Wesleyan administration to finally give PPlant the contract they deserve! Channel 3 News will be there, so let’s show them that Wes students support campus workers.

Please forward widely, chalk, tell your friends, whatever.

Read about what’s at stake in the Argus.

16 thoughts on “Rally for Physical Plant

  1. Anonymous

    12:53 here.I don’t mean to be divisive, only to point out that we shouldn’t look at the Physical Plant workers’ contract in a vacuum. You’re right, we don’t need to raise tuition to give P-plant workers a contract that’s fair. When considering what actions to take, it is worth considering the contract as part of the whole budget. Rather than butting heads with the administration, it might be more effective to make it clear to them that we as students (whom the university is built for, at least ostensibly) prefer fair contracts for workers to, hypothetically, campus beautification. It at least opens things up for dialogue.Of course, we won’t ever get to this level if the University remains opaque about the budget….PS I’ve never posted anything about labor before.

  2. Anonymous

    12:53 here.

    I don’t mean to be divisive, only to point out that we shouldn’t look at the Physical Plant workers’ contract in a vacuum. You’re right, we don’t need to raise tuition to give P-plant workers a contract that’s fair.

    When considering what actions to take, it is worth considering the contract as part of the whole budget. Rather than butting heads with the administration, it might be more effective to make it clear to them that we as students (whom the university is built for, at least ostensibly) prefer fair contracts for workers to, hypothetically, campus beautification. It at least opens things up for dialogue.

    Of course, we won’t ever get to this level if the University remains opaque about the budget….

    PS I’ve never posted anything about labor before.

  3. Anonymous

    12:53, are you the same person who writes this same bs every time there’s a post about labor? There is enough money in this university so that tuition can remain the same while workers are treated fairly. Don’t tell students that if workers are paid enough the tuitions going to go up, because you have no evidence for it and all you’re trying to do is divide students and workers.

  4. Anonymous

    12:53, are you the same person who writes this same bs every time there’s a post about labor? There is enough money in this university so that tuition can remain the same while workers are treated fairly. Don’t tell students that if workers are paid enough the tuitions going to go up, because you have no evidence for it and all you’re trying to do is divide students and workers.

  5. Anonymous

    To give workers a better contract elsewhere, the university will have to either cut costs elsewhere or raise tuition. If you have solidarity between students and Physical Plant workers, how much increase in tuition would you be willing to accept for the workers to have an acceptable contract? Of course, we might also look at costs for beautification, the new security camera, etc.more good information in the comments of Roth’s most recent blog entry:http://roth.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2008/04/21/productive-idealists-2/

  6. Anonymous

    To give workers a better contract elsewhere, the university will have to either cut costs elsewhere or raise tuition. If you have solidarity between students and Physical Plant workers, how much increase in tuition would you be willing to accept for the workers to have an acceptable contract? Of course, we might also look at costs for beautification, the new security camera, etc.

    more good information in the comments of Roth’s most recent blog entry:

    http://roth.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2008/04/21/productive-idealists-2/

  7. Anonymous

    Are you a fool, anonymous? Most of these people have been working at the university for 20+ years and now they’re working without a contract that gives them basic benefits. I’m sorry that you’ll probably grow up to live off of your trust fund, but some people in the real world actually need their jobs’ support to survive.

  8. Anonymous

    Are you a fool, anonymous? Most of these people have been working at the university for 20+ years and now they’re working without a contract that gives them basic benefits. I’m sorry that you’ll probably grow up to live off of your trust fund, but some people in the real world actually need their jobs’ support to survive.

  9. Justin L.

    Also, broken washing machines are not Physical Plant’s responsibility. We contract with MacGray, an outside company, to supply and maintain our washers and dryers on campus.If your floor is broken, that’s Physical Plant’s job to fix it. But, uh, why would your floor be broken?

  10. Justin L.

    Also, broken washing machines are not Physical Plant’s responsibility. We contract with MacGray, an outside company, to supply and maintain our washers and dryers on campus.

    If your floor is broken, that’s Physical Plant’s job to fix it. But, uh, why would your floor be broken?

  11. Jessie

    …and just to clarify, physical plant are NOT the people who fine you for things. they dont give a damn about your basement or your tapestries or your underage drinking, they just want to change your goddamn lightbulbs.

  12. Jessie

    …and just to clarify, physical plant are NOT the people who fine you for things. they dont give a damn about your basement or your tapestries or your underage drinking, they just want to change your goddamn lightbulbs.

  13. Laura

    They’re understaffed and underfunded and trying to do their job and making shit money already. Now the university is trying to pay them even less (yes, they’re giving them a raise, but they’re raising their insurance costs way more). People have the right to a fair contract.

  14. Laura

    They’re understaffed and underfunded and trying to do their job and making shit money already. Now the university is trying to pay them even less (yes, they’re giving them a raise, but they’re raising their insurance costs way more). People have the right to a fair contract.

  15. Anonymous

    really? rally for the people that don’t fix our broken washing machines/faucets/floors/etc. for weeks and come into our room when we’re no home and fine us for absurd things?I’ll pass.

  16. Anonymous

    really? rally for the people that don’t fix our broken washing machines/faucets/floors/etc. for weeks and come into our room when we’re no home and fine us for absurd things?

    I’ll pass.

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