THU 12 NOON, PICKET AGAINST ABLEISM & DISCRIMINATION AT HARVARD!

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 07:36:23 EDT 2015


Dear All,

This Thursday, July 30, starting at 12 noon, workers, students & community
members will demonstrate <https://www.facebook.com/events/919892941415719/>
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 colleagues 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.

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
possible.

For Boston's Industrial Workers of the World <http://iwwboston.org/>,

Geoff

*Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers
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