UC Debates DoubleTree Labor Dispute, Making Gender-Neutral Housing More Accessible

UC Meeting 03/02/14
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UC Treasurer Meghamsh Kanuparthy '16, left, Vice-President Sietse K. Goffard, center, and President Gus A. Mayopoulos, right, discuss the Council's work in the past week and introduce new legislation.

UPDATED: March 3, 2014, at 1:00 a.m.

The Undergraduate Council passed legislation relating to a labor dispute between workers and DoubleTree Suites, gender-neutral housing, and the transparency of the UC budget during its general meeting on Sunday.

During the meeting, members from the Student Labor Action Movement group and workers from DoubleTree Suites asked the Council to openly support future efforts to create better working conditions. Although Harvard owns the DoubleTree building, Hilton Hotel Boston runs and manages day-to-day operations.

According to undergraduates from SLAM, DoubleTree workers are planning to boycott the business in an attempt to affect change.

The legislation presented asked the Council to inform UC grant recipients that it would support a boycott and to pressure administrators to support the workers’ requests. The proposal also requested that the UC send a mass email to undergraduates asking them to stop patronizing the hotel if Harvard does not publicly support the demands of the workers by April 1.

UC representatives were not immediately sure whether they had enough information to hand down a decision on the labor dispute or whether it was even within their purview to support the measure.

According to SLAM member Gabriel H. Bayard ’15, University President Drew G. Faust has denied that Harvard has any ties to the management of the hotel. Bayard, however, said he disagreed.

“We know that Harvard has a deep relationship with the DoubleTree hotel,” Bayard said after the meeting.

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