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At left, Angela M. Leocata watches protesters speak at a rally in the Science Center Plaza on Thursday evening. Housekeepers at the Boston-Cambridge Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel went on strike on Thursday and staged a rally to protest working conditions at the hotel and pressure Hilton to agree to their preferred means of unionization.
The strike marks the culmination of over a year of campaigning organized by a Massachusetts-based union that represents Harvard’s dining hall employees and the Student Labor Action Movement.
Around 150 members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers and Harvard faculty gathered Monday to discuss strategies for improving employee health while keeping health care affordable.
Director of HUHS Paul Barreira said that the motivation for the changes came from a UHS analysis he helped conduct for a couple of years, in which he found that overnight urgent-hour services are underutilized.
Students, workers, and local politicians convened for a roundtable discussion Tuesday evening to discuss workplace hazards at the Boston-Cambridge DoubleTree Suites, which is located in a Harvard-owned building.
Teach For America co-CEO Matthew Kramer ’98 defended his organization on Wednesday in an interview with The Crimson.
The jump in costs that Hausammann described did take place, but over the course of only two years and more than a decade ago.
Several employees of the Boston-Cambridge DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel and members of the Student Labor Action Movement set up a bed-making demonstration in the Science Center Plaza Monday afternoon, continuing their year-and-a-half long efforts to support worker unionization.
The effort is part of a larger national movement started by United Students Against Sweatshops that criticizes Teach For America for undermining the quality of public education.
The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers released a report on Wednesday that offers suggestions for lowering healthcare costs for all Harvard employees.
Some activists worry that the new plans may increase the cost of healthcare for non-union employees; others say that the changes help balance costs.
Hundreds gathered last Wednesday to advocate for the unionization of the hotel’s workers. Many on hand noted that the rally was by far the largest yet in support of the workers.