Labor

The UO “Demonstration Team”

Surveillance of Students Integrated Across Dozens of Administration Offices and UOPD

Labor Updates from Solidarity News

Check out Solidarity News here! The last few months there has been an outstanding amount of labor activity from workers going on strike, winning new contracts, to seeking to form new unions. It is hard to keep up, even for a seasoned unionist. It has been invigorating, but there have also been losses. In mid-December,…

Fuck You, Pay Me!

UOSW Ballot Initiative Statement & Updates Over the past few months, UO Student Workers in collaboration with UOYDSA have been disseminating our Student Labor Survey and meeting with student workers in hopes of collecting stories and opinions about the material conditions of workers at the University of Oregon in order to produce a ballot measure…

Eugene Starbucks Workers Fight for Union

Check out Solidarity News here! On January 6, workers at the Starbucks store on 29th and Willamette in Eugene filed for a union election, the first store to do so in Oregon. They joined Starbucks Workers United which has organized 100 shops across the country. This fast growing movement was sparked by workers in Buffalo,…

The Student Workers’ Manifesto

Insofar as the rights and interests to which the student workers of University Housing are concerned, a coherent set of goals is necessary. Such goals must be of sufficient scope so as to meaningfully impact student workers and be achievable through methods practical to implement. We, as student workers for University Housing, have both a…

There is Power in a Union: A Case for the Unionization of University Housing

For centuries, the forces of Capital have lurched forward, indiscriminately consuming all that it can reach to fuel it’s hungering fires. However, these past two years have given pause to this inferno. COVID-19, for all the pain and death that it has caused, interrupted the ever-constant march and made it stumble; if only briefly. While…

Solidarity with International Workers: India

India’s population is at about 1.38 billion people, with over 115 million of them being farmers. India is responsible for about 25% of the world’s produce, with the main crops being wheat, rice, sugarcane, and numerous spices.   The current ruling party in India is the BJP, or the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose ideas revolve around right-wing…

IASTE’s Fight to Improve Wages and Working Conditions for Crews in Tinseltown

For the first time in the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union’s 128 year history, 60,000 workers represented by the union came close to striking over grueling working conditions and inadequate pay. The union represents most of the film and television industry’s behind the scenes workers. The union members authorized a strike with 89.66%…

Vivian Day Care Responds to Staff COVID Safety Concerns

Teachers at the Vivian Olum Child Development Center were awarded a pay-raise and shorter work hours after weeks-long negotiations with administrative staff at the Center and UO Campus Services administration. The change comes after the refusal to acknowledge long-held complaints regarding work conditions at the center. Vivian is described on their website as “providing a…

UO Dining “Staffing Shortage” Reflects Poor Wages

Visit any dining hall on campus this fall and you’re liable to find a sign proclaiming decreased hours, slashed services, missing menu items or temporary closures—all “due to a staffing shortage.” This is certainly disappointing for many students who enjoy certain dishes or like to get a late night snack, but it’s also revealing of…