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A SIT-IN FOR JOBS WITH JUSTICE AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2000

For more information, contact Yoshie Furuhashi at 614-299-3313 or
furuhashi.1@osu.edu or Mark D. Stansbery at 614-252-9255 or
walk@igc.org.

A SIT-IN FOR JOBS WITH JUSTICE
AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

In support of Local 4501, Communications Workers of America, students have organized a sit-in in front of the office of President William
Kirwan (Bricker Hall, 190 N. Oval Mall) at the Ohio State University.
The sit-in began after a support rally for the CWA workers on Wed.
April 26.  Today is the third day of the sit-in.  Hundreds of
students, unionists, faculty, and community supporters have already
taken part in the sit-in; our number is growing, and we shall not
move until the OSU will meet all the demands of the CWA workers and negotiate a fair contract that respects the needs of the lowest paid OSU employees that have been neglected for the last fifteen years!

Current OSU pay rates are 10-25% below the market, and one fourth of the Local don't even make $8.00 per hour.  One half earn less than
$10.00.  Many workers of this academic sweatshop have to work more than one job to make ends pay.  The CWA is demanding modest pay increases (which affect less than 1% of the OSU budget) as well as opportunities for training, education, and promotion, but the
management has been intransigent, forcing the workers to strike.

While the OSU workers' wages have lagged behind their counterparts' at comparable institutions (adjusted for inflation, in fact, workers made more money ten years ago!), the top OSU administrators have recently given themselves gigantic raises.  This is injustice!  A flagship university in the state of Ohio has come to behave like the greediest corporation.  We, students, demand that the OSU respect its workers and pay living wages, instead of exploiting them.


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