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In Depth: USLAC

uslacWelcome to another one of our In Depth features, where I’ll be covering USLAC. (By the way, in case you haven’t picked up on my blatant pro-USLAC bias yet, I’m a member of the club/out here ~*~scamming 4 full communism at Wes~*~, depending on who you ask. Either way, true.)

USLAC, or the United Student/Labor Action Coalition, has been around at Wesleyan for a while. However, until about halfway this semester, USLAC was on a brief hiatus. Old school USLAC did some super good work on campus, which you can read about here, and some students wanted to have the opportunity to make a difference on campus. So the new members, coordinated with former USLAC members to revive the club. They also took the opportunity to connect with a dope organization that hosts chapters of labor rights groups at schools nationwide, USAS, or United Students Against Sweatshops. So many acronyms! And whoa-what is USLAC anyway, right? Because I’m not nearly eloquent enough to describe the group’s mission myself, here’s a handy description I got from good ‘ole Orgsync:

USLAC Meeting

From Aviv Rau ’19:


Interested in worker’s rights? Want higher wages for
students, Sun Services staff, construction workers, and others both on and off campus? Wesleyan’s United Student Labor Action Coalition is
definitely the student group for you. Come check out this week’s
meeting and get involved! *Snacks will be served.*

Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 9:00 PM
Place: UOC


Public Forum on Labor at Wesleyan


A message from USLAC: 

Have a voice and want to use it?
Join us in thoughtful, open discussion regarding labor at Wesleyan. Members of the custodial, dining, and maintenance staff as well as administrators and students will be sharing their experiences and expressing their concerns about working conditions on campus. There will also be an open-mic  for audience members to share their thoughts and ask questions.
This is a unique opportunity for the whole Wesleyan community to come together in conversation, reflection and solidarity- we hope to see you there!
Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 7pm – 9 pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan
Cost: Free

WesACLU Informational Meeting


From Deren Ertas ’16:

The Wesleyan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) invites you to come out and join us for an informational session at 6pm in Usdan 110 on Tuesday, September 24th.

We will be discussing national and local civil liberty issues, signing up members for the CT chapter, and discussing future campus events.

If you want to be a member of ACLU-CT at this meeting, please bring $5 to contribute while you sign up for your membership. This is not mandatory.

If you can’t make it to the meeting but are interested in WesACLU, please e-mail dertas[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110

U.S.L.A.C Meeting


From Leah Bakely ’16:

U.S.L.A.C, Wesleyan’s United Student Labor Action Coalition, wants you! We work with Wesleyan’s sub-contracted workers (the lovely people that clean your dorms and houses, Bon Appetit employees etc.) to, among other things, listen to and act on the concerns of these workers and raise awareness about their existence on our campus. Recently problems have arisen between Sun Services (the company that employs our janitors), the University, the janitors and their union primarily regarding their unreasonable workloads and their recent reorganization. If these problems seem concerning to you or if you’d just like to hang out with some really cool people in the U.O.C, come to our meetings!

Date: Fri, Sept 6
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Place: University Organizing Center (U.O.C) 190 High Street

First Student-Food Worker Coalition Meeting

Apologies to Becca Wilton ’15 for losing the color rainbow that used to be on the event description below. I guess if you want to see that, it’s a listserv exclusive:


Frustrated with the way food employees are treated by students?
Want to get to know some of your favorite Usdan faces better but don’t know how?
Interested in trading recipes, food sustainability ideas, and chances to work with the Usdan chefs and food workers themselves?
Do you want to begin a dialogue and forge an alliance with the very people who make your food?
Then come to the first Student-Food Worker Coalition meeting! The SWC is a subgroup of WesFRESH dedicated to improving the relationship between students and food employees on campus, and to give each other knowledge, ideas, and support to enrich our community. We invite all Bon App employees to be there, so please ask all food service workers to join us!
Join us for our FIRST MEETING: WEDNESDAY APRIL 4TH! There are two different times3:30 PM in Usdan 110 and 6:30 PM in Usdan Multipurpose Room! The same things will be discussed at both meetings; the two different times are just to make sure that everyone who wants to go has a chance. This initial meeting is to get the dialogue going about the relationship students and workers have with each other and the issues involved in that relationship, how we can improve that relationship, and all other kinds of things about sustainability initiatives, food, and how much we love it!
We want as many people to come as possible, so tell your coworkers, your friends, staff, faculty, anyone you know!

Date: Wednesday, April 4th
Time: 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Place: Usdan 110 and Usdan Multipurpose Room, respectively