Geoff Carens geoff.carens at
Mon Jul 27 07:01:26 EDT 2015

Dear All,

This Thursday, July 30, starting at 12 noon, workers, students & community
members will demonstrate <>
their support for HUCTW* member Patricia, under attack by ableist, racist
managers. We'll gather in front of Harvard's Smith Campus Center at 1350
Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Square MBTA Station, next to Au Bon Pain).
Please join us!

*Background:* Patricia returned from a disability leave to face unfair
discipline and harassment. Management tries to make her job more difficult,
denies her needed accommodations, and subjects her to hyper-supervision.
White co-workers enjoy flexibility and autonomy, while Patricia (the only
African American in her unit) is constantly under the magnifying glass. She
recently received a written warning threatening her with being fired.
Patricia is a dedicated, long-serving cataloger who worked her way through
library school while employed at Harvard.

*Email zap*: Please email Harvard Labor Relations at
*susannah_scannell at harvard.**edu*. Please cc: geoff.carens at
Suggested text:

"I am troubled to hear that Harvard is trying to separate Patricia Glaspie
from her employment. Harvard should know better than to single out a woman
of color who has a disability for discriminatory discipline. Please use
your influence to ensure that Patricia is transferred to an at least
comparable position. Failure to do so will invite further consequences."

The attacks on Patricia emerge in the context of a general offensive
against workers by Harvard, which has an endowment approaching $33 billion
and recently received the largest gift in its history ($400 million). The
world's richest University is forcing huge increases in medical costs on
its workers, setting the stage for mass layoffs by outsourcing the work of
unionized library employees, and preventing workers of color from advancing
in their jobs. Please feel free to forward this email as widely as

For Boston's Industrial Workers of the World <>,


*Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers
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