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Stand for Justice, Don't Stand for Layoffs!
Petition Background (Preamble):
Brown University knows it will have to subcontract to outside companies for the work done by many of the people it wants to layoff.
This is fiscal sleight of hand because although the outsourced workers will be less likely to make a living wage, get benefits, and have as good a working experience as a regular Brown employee has, the outside company they work for will have to be paid its cut as well. So, how does this really save money for the University?
Outsourced workers do not have the same vested interest in the University, because they are not given the same intrinsic value as a worker who is validated by being a member of the Brown community. Outsourced workers are not vetted in the same way as Brown employees, they are not getting as high a wage or benefits, which affects the quality of their work.
Brown University has had a long history of striving to create a supportive community of humanistic diversity, intellectual enlightenment and iconoclastic, interpersonal development. These values have produced a superlative environment which has a reputation for treating all community members fairly.
The actions being taken by this University are undermining its own values because it is disenfranchising employees who have a vested interest in the Brown way of life. And reciprocally, these employees are Brown University’s long term investment. For the Brown Corporation, how is this really the way to get a successful return on your investment?
Let President Simmons know that you do not support the outsourcing of Library jobs!
Whereas the building attendants/door guards are ambassadors for the library as well as protecting the patrons and their possessions, and whereas replacing them with Sterling security guards or not at all diminishes the safety of students using the libraries, as well as diminishing the pay and benefits, without appreciably altering the University’s costs; therefore, in signing this petition we fervently request that the University reconsider this decision and affirmatively agree to preserve these positions.
The Stand for Justice, Don't Stand for Layoffs! petition to Brown University President Ruth Simmons was written by Deborah Peterson and is in the category Employment at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: jobs library layoffs brown university