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As the crisis of COVID-19 becomes more damaging, the ineptitude of institutions nationwide to provide for the communities they are in is becoming more and more apparent. Unlike its peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford has not committed to paying all their service workers, including subcontracted workers, through the end of their spring terms, which is frankly embarrassing.
Since our initial campaign to raise money for SOS row staff members, which raised more than $88,000, around 90 more employees categorized as subcontracted workers by the University were laid off. Students for Workers' Rights is expanding our fundraiser to include all service workers who have been harmfully impacted by Stanford's decisions, including the hundreds of workers subcontracted under UG-2, Student Organized Services (SOS), and Bon Appetit laid off with zero pay continuance.
Stanford's harmful and thoughtless decision puts workers in financially, physically, and emotionally precarious situations in an already turbulent time. Although narratives of individual isolation are important at this time, we implore everyone to collectivize virtually by sharing resources and donating to this fundraiser. Stanford would not be able to function without these custodians, food service workers, and groundskeepers.
We want to clarify that this fundraiser is not attempting to make up for lost wages, because only Stanford has the wealth to do so. It is absurd students have had to organize a campaign to raise money for workers who should have already been financially supported by Stanford.
However, the situation has become so urgent and Stanford has acted so neglectfully towards its service workers that we are initiating another fundraiser to function as a supplement to address the immediate crisis and whatever costs may follow. When institutions fail us, we must be reliant on one another.
To further support laid off workers, you can:
Promote our campaign on Twitter (@stanford_swr), Instagram (@stanfordswr) and Facebook (Stanford Students for Workers' Rights) by shaming Stanford for their embarrassing actions.
Here is a Twitter campaign guide you can use.
Sign our petition calling on Stanford to provide continued pay, adequate benefits, and safe working conditions to all of its employees, including subcontracted workers,
Read our most recent op-ed here to learn more,
Buy a sticker with all proceeds from sales going towards the fund, &
Share your stories about the ways service workers have impacted your life on campus here , as well as on social media and tag us!
**If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact [email redacted]**
- Daniel Chiu
- Jonathan Abernethy
- Joshua Cobler
- Margo Fowkes
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