Harvard University and Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement

In a major success for Harvard janitors and the 99 percent, Harvard University contracted and direct janitors have reached a tentative agreement with the University that includes gains on three key issues-full time work, equality for all workers at Harvard, and affordable health insurance. Workers will vote to ratify the agreement on Friday.

Harvard University janitors have fought for one Harvard, with Fairness and Dignity for all. With Harvard’s reputation as a preeminent institution for higher education, this agreement will be seen as an example for other universities to treat workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. Details will be forthcoming, including a summary of the agreement and time and place for the vote.

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17 comments on “Harvard University and Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement

  1. STOP THE OCCUPATION NOW says:

    Great. Now agree to our demands and leave the Old Yard.

    • L says:

      STON: Persuade us. Like they do in negotiations.

      We evidently have something you want, so make an offer.

      • STOP THE OCCUPATION NOW says:

        Over 600 signatures collected to stop the occupation of Harvard Yard! http://freeharvard.com/

        • Jeff Bridges says:

          Dear Stop,

          First, let me apologize for the rantings of the “Fuck You” person below. He or she does not—in my opinion—represent the ideals of our movement, and I sincerely apologize for his or her behavior.

          Second, As someone who has become involved in Occupy here at Harvard, I’d like to let you know about a more direct (and more effective) way to have your voice heard.

          Occupy Harvard—like all Occupy encampments—operates through what is called a “General Assembly” (GA). All members of the community are invited to participate, and we have even held the GA at the gates of the Yard to include those without Harvard IDs. The original decision to locate within the Yard was made at a GA, and any decision to vacate would also have to be made by a GA.

          We would therefore encourage everyone who has an interest in the location of Occupy Harvard to come to our General Assembly and make the proposal that we move outside of the yard. We will then consider this proposal and decide on it through the consensus model, as we do with all proposals. Please bring as many people who support your idea as you would like. ALL are welcome!

          To be clear, on our first night in the Yard the Dean of Students came to speak with us and promised us that she would send an invitation to all freshmen living in the Yard, asking them to join us for our General Assembly the following night. This was not done. We have therefore not had the kind of community participation that we would like to have in order to make this decision. Personally, I think the location of the occupation (and even a physical encampment at all) is periphery to the larger goals of the movement. Occupation is a tactic, not an end in itself.

          We would love to hear from those who live in the Yard, but democracy only works if people show up. Please, encourage those you know who would like us to move outside the Yard to join us at our General Assembly this Thursday at 6pm. You know the location! ;-)

        • KEEP THE OCCUPATION GOING says:

          Will you be publicizing the names of who signs your petition? Occupy Harvard is publicizing the names of people who sign its petition and it’s been up for about half a day. Otherwise, there is little reason to believe the number of people you cite have actually signed your little complaint.

        • TROLL ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

          The above person has posted inanities on this site on the following dates and times (please note that this list is not exhausted):

          November 16, 2011 at 3:27 am

          November 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm (again)
          November 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm
          November 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

          November 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm
          November 14, 2011 at 3:17 am
          November 14, 2011 at 3:13 am
          November 14, 2011 at 3:13 am (again)

          November 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm
          November 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm
          November 13, 2011 at 2:31 am
          November 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

          November 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm
          November 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm
          November 12, 2011 at 3:10 am
          November 12, 2011 at 2:47 am
          November 12, 2011 at 2:47 am (again)
          November 12, 2011 at 2:42 am
          November 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

          If you know this person, please help her, him, or it get a life.

  2. FUCK OFF YOU PIECE OF HUMAN SHIT says:

    Get a fucking life you motherfucking piece-of-shit troll. You must be the biggest loser in the world to have enough time on your hands to persist in writing your crap on this site, day-in, day-out.

    Let’s see how much of a life you don’t have. You posted your vacuous bullshit on:

    November 15, 2011 at 11:41 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm (again)
    November 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    November 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

    November 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    November 14, 2011 at 3:17 am
    November 14, 2011 at 3:13 am
    November 14, 2011 at 3:13 am (again)

    November 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    November 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    November 13, 2011 at 2:31 am
    November 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

    November 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    November 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    November 12, 2011 at 3:10 am
    November 12, 2011 at 2:47 am
    November 12, 2011 at 2:47 am (again)
    November 12, 2011 at 2:42 am
    November 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

    [And these dates and times are probably only the tip of the iceberg, as I’m sure your textual diarrhea permeates the Harvard Crimson website and many other sites where you hope to get the attention your parents obviously never gave you.]

    This is the portrait of a very sad human being who apparently has nothing better to do in the middle of the night and during the best parts of the day than sit behind a lonely computer and complain about a movement that is sweeping the world.

    Do yourself a favor: go back under your bridge and, well, you know the rest.

  3. L says:

    In envisioning a unified Harvard that has fairness and dignity for all, do we (re the first sentence) want to keep using the language of conquest? To me, “victory” implies that somebody was made a victim in the process.

    I’d hope that all involved parties are benefitting by this agreement. Which of course includes those of us who will be affected by it without nevertheless having been at the negotiating table.

    • Jeff Bridges says:

      Changed from “victory” to “major success.” I hope that works better for you, while still conveying the same message that this is a victory for the entire Harvard community. Thanks for the input!

      • A says:

        Wow, it does not bode well for you if a nitpicky commenter can make you change so easily.

      • L says:

        JB: Thanks for taking it into account, and I’m glad you thought it was a valid point. “Success” has a much more positive connotation, to me at least.

        I appreciate the way that you, above, invite “Stop” to be part of the GA instead of perpetuating the “us” v. “them” dynamic that “Stop” was working with — and which, I am sorry to realize, I too was using, despite my nitpickilous observations based on a vision of a unified Harvard.

  4. Jeff Bridges says:

    Overheard at Cambridge Starbucks: “I mean, I think it’s pretty clear that Harvard reached the agreement with the janitors because the Occupation is there. I don’t think they would’ve done it without those folks in tents.” MAJOR SUCCESS, for Occupy Harvard, Harvard workers, and the Harvard community!

  5. Sweetadelinevt says:

    There was already a lot of press surrounding this. Good for the janitors!

  6. Tom Haley says:

    nevermind. I see the principles.

  7. STOP THE OCCUPATION NOW says:

    700 signatures to liberate Harvard Yard from the occupiers.

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