We are asking all community members to contribute to the ULTRA strike fund. Tufts RA’s will be going on strike beginning. Tuesday, August 29th if Tufts University continues to refuse to offer us an economic counter-proposal that includes wages. The union, represented by OPEIU Local 153, won recognition in December 2022 and have been in first contract negotiations since February 2023. It has been over six months of negotiations, and the administration is still refusing to present any counter-proposal that includes pay for our work.
In the bargaining session on Friday, August 25th, the university threatened to lock RAs out of the dorms or revoke housing credits - a threat that, if carried out, would render many students homeless or force them to have to drop out of school. In case RAs lose our housing, food, or general building access, they will need funds and support from the community to ensure that RAs have three meals a day, supplies for our picket line, and a roof over our heads.
We will not give up this fight until the university agrees to pay student workers fair, living wages.