Saturday, December 04, 2010


This following appeal for solidarity with workers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison comes from the United Students Against Sweatshops.

Tell Chancellor Martin to stop union busting

Join USAS activists at the University of Wisconsin and stop the university of outsourcing away good union jobs for campus workers: E-mail Chancellor Martin now

Stop Outsourcing Away Union Jobs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

Here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we are waging a campaign to stop the outsourcing of good union jobs on campus. The university and private sources are opening a new building on campus as part of a "public-private partnership." The university and private companies want to privatize the food service at this new building, which would result in low wages, no benefits, and no union representation for all workers. It would also undermine the power of the AFSCME local here, which represents all 1,600 blue collar worker on campus.

Please take a second and email Chancellor Martin and the Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation today and stand up for campus workers!

Take action now: Tell Chancellor "Biddy" Martin to stop privatization and union busting!
In solidarity,

Jonah Zinn
Student Labor Action Coalition, University of Wisconsin-Madison
United Students Against Sweatshops
Please go to this link to send the following letter to Chancellor Martin of the University of Wisconsin.
I am deeply upset about the current situation taking place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The plan to outsource the food service jobs in this building is unacceptable. AFSCME 171 has a long history and tradition of representing the hard-working people of this campus and striving to secure a living wage and respectable working conditions. The outsourcing of these jobs will undercut AFSCME and will result in workers being exploited on the University of Wisconsin campus. One of the greatest strengths of the Madison Community is the strong union voice which maintains living wages and keeps the economy of the city afloat while most of the country is wading deep in the waters of recession.

The attempt to privatize these jobs is a blatant attempt to weaken AFSCME 171 as a whole and to move the entire university towards a privatized workforce. This is not what the university needs, the community wants, or the Wisconsin Way.

I urge you to resolve this issue immediately. The only acceptable resolution is to make these jobs public and to guarantee that these workers will have union representation under AFSCME 171. I trust that we can count on you to not let Madison fall by the wayside


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