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Fair Wages, Fair Hiring: More on Yesterday’s Demonstrations and Student Meeting with RJ Julia

Two weeks ago, USLAC released a statement highlighting unfair hiring practices by management at RJ Julia Booksellers, the managing company of Wesleyan’s new book store, which is scheduled to open later this year. Specifically, USLAC brought attention to workers being promised interviews at the new bookstore and having to wait months for an interview. According to the statement, several nonwhite employees were told that they didn’t fit the “RJ Julia Experience.”

USLAC made three public demands of RJ Julia and the Wesleyan administration in response to these accounts:

1. Give all current bookstore workers the opportunity to keep their jobs if they wish to.
2. Guarantee that returning workers will receive at least the salary and benefits they had been receiving before the move.
3. Inform workers immediately about any changes in their workplace and allow them the chance to discuss these issues freely without fear of losing their jobs.

Monday afternoon, a delegation of students voiced their concerns to the RJ Julia general manager outside of North College after a meeting between two students and the general manager was interrupted by a fire alarm.

Worker’s Day Picnic! (At Lunch! [Today!])

Alma Super-Eccentric ’14 is just that cool:

Come join workers at Wesleyan, WesDEF, and  USLAC for the Worker’s Day Picnic!
12pm on the Lawn by 200 Church.

Come and meet our campus workers and enjoy a meal with them. We will also have a facilitated conversation where our fellow students and workers will share their stories. Feel free to bring your friends and food.

Date: Today, May 3
Time: Noon (90 minutes!)
Place: 200 Church
Cost: Nope.

CRITICAL UPDATE: Wesleying has just learned via SMS that the lunch will be provided by Iguanas Ranas. Awwwwwwww snap.