SEIU staffer Ricky Baldwin, who has been helping to lead a tough local fight and bargaining with the University of Illinois, has posted a letter of thanks to the Student Senate which passed a resolution supporting SEIU Local 73. It contains vital details of some of the University’s bare-bones proposals. The letter is posted below in its entirety.
THANKS to UIUC Student Senate for passing this resolution in support of SEIU workers!by Ricky Baldwin on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 5:40pm
Whereas, according to a recent article published on January 29th in the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, University of Illinois Building and Food Service workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike , and
Whereas, according to the article, Food Service workers typically earn $15,000 per year, are laid off during most longer University Holidays and are ineligible for unemployment benefits during these periods “because they can be called back at any time for a couple hours here or there,” and
Whereas, Building Service workers earn $30,000 per year but face often dangerous working conditions, and
Whereas, all University Housing and Dining facilities, facilities that serve a large number of students on this campus, are staffed by Building and Food Service workers, and
Whereas, achieving labor equity should be a goal for the Student Affairs community, and
Whereas, a fair work environment is an important tenet, supported by state and federal law, and
Therefore, let it be resolved that the Illinois Student Senate does urge the University to work towards a fair resolution of contract negotiations with members of SEIU Local 73 in order to avoid a strike and interruption of campus services, and
Let it further be resolved that the Illinois Student Senate supports the right of all workers on this campus to fair compensation, benefits, and working conditions, and
Let it further be resolved that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Office of the President of the University of Illinois, the Office of the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller, the Office of the Vice President and Chancellor of the Urbana Campus, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Office of the Director of University Housing, members of the Building/Food Service collective bargaining committee, members of SEIU Local 73, members of the University of Illinois Academic Senate Executive Committee, the Daily Illini, the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette and WILL/Illinois Public Media.