Ethan Chua of Students for Workers' Rights argues that Stanford's refusal to provide contacted workers with appropriate protection, information and pay increased their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
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Ethan Chua argues for more protections and benefits for Stanford service workers, particularly in light of COVID-19
Ethan Chua reflects on the unfairness of the standards that marginalized writers, and writers of color are held to in their fiction.
“If Stanford respected, acknowledged, protected, and fairly compensated EVERYONE who makes the university possible (with cleaning staff literally being the most important to any chance of re-opening) then there would be no need for fundraising at all,” Sarah Goodman ’20, a member of SWR who works on the fundraiser distribution side, wrote in an email to The Daily. “This is not an unavoidable COVID impact. It’s a university policy choice.”
Many of the service workers we organize with at Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR) are Filipino migrants, and we affirm that their individual stories and struggles must be situated within the broader frames of imperialism and capitalism. We at SWR also condemn the oppression of the Philippine labor movement by the Duterte regime, while affirming that the Philippine state’s brutal use of force is a reaction to the profound power of people’s struggle.
We at Students for Workers’ Rights (SWR) apologize that it’s taken us so long to update the community on our campaign for contracted workers. We spent April and May anxiously corresponding with service workers about promised pay that had yet to arrive, and we struggled to communicate changes because of the persistent opacity of Stanford…
As a graduating senior of the Class of 2020, and as an international student with class privilege, I’ve been reflecting on where to dedicate my financial resources post-graduation. It’s often customary for graduating seniors to donate a largely symbolic amount to their alma mater, as a token of gratitude and a sign of future commitment to their university. However, after witnessing Stanford’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consistently lackluster response to the demands of the Black community, I cannot in good conscience donate a portion of my income to Stanford University’s general funds.
While students, now scattered across the nation, take to the streets to protest anti-Black racism, student groups lacking an on-campus presence have moved organizing and programming efforts to the virtual realm.
Frontline healthcare workers gathered on Thursday to protest Stanford Health Care’s “temporary workforce adjustment program,” which requires that employees choose between being furloughed, taking paid time off (PTO) or accepting a 20% pay cut.
At the beginning of spring quarter, The Daily's opinions section welcomed a new group of writers into our fold. In discussing with our new members the process of writing and revising opinions articles, we were forced as editors to confront more explicitly the question, “What is an opinions article?”
Stanford is extending pay for 56 furloughed kitchen staff employed by Student Organized Services (SOS), a group of chefs and hashers serving on the Row, through May 3 and their benefits will be extended to the end of May, wrote SOS CEO Nick Peters in an email to his employees on April 2.
What’s particularly unique and cruel about the COVID-19 dystopia, however, is how much of it has emerged from the very conditions that allow many of us in the Global North to live comfortable, modern lives — the conditions of global capitalism.
On-campus residential programs for this summer are cancelled, and Summer Session will be online-only, Provost Persis Drell announced Thursday afternoon. The update also described steps the University is taking to address the financial challenges posed by COVID-19.
While Stanford has committed to pay continuation for regular employees throughout spring quarter, this policy does not extend to the University’s contracted employees, including more than 200 custodians responsible for cleaning academic facilities employed through UG2, a national custodial service, and 56 kitchen staff employed through Student Organized Services (SOS), a group of chefs and hashers serving on the Row.
On March 16, Stanford University released its policy of pay continuation for workers whose hours would be affected by COVID-19. However, the University’s pay continuation policy contains a serious omission: It does not apply to the several hundred contracted workers who are not technically Stanford employees, yet who perform various essential functions on campus.
Stanford Students Against War and the Multo Collective condemned Condoleezza Rice's appointment as director of the Hoover Institution in a demonstration on Monday.
A student-led petition to increase wage premiums, allot additional sick leave and add more staff during the coronavirus response has garnered nearly 900 signatures.
Service workers on Stanford’s campus have a strong commitment to the health and well-being of students and faculty. However, their concern for us should not come before their own safety.
Stanford's service workers' union and Stanford Students for Workers' Rights are pushing back against the proposed changes.
The 22% Campaign presents a set of eight demands to Stanford, including that the University publicly release disaggregated admissions data.
On Jan. 7, Stanford’s Affordability Task Force (ATF) announced a set of five new benefits to take effect in 2020 for faculty and staff, including expansions to family leave and healthcare and the creation of an employee emergency assistance fund.