Faculty House Protests: Do You Hear The People Sing?
There seems to be no end in sight for the ongoing contract disagreements between Faculty House workers and the University. Many student groups have shown their support for the workers, most notable among them being SGB. But that was two weeks ago and no real progress has been made, so it’s unsurprising that students would do what Columbia students do best: protest!
Last Friday students marched down college walk to the Sundial in solidarity with the Faculty House workers, chanting songs all along the way. Once they made it to the Sundial a few members of their party made brief speeches, while others acted as a “human megaphone” OWS-style.
Of course, Students have all the reason to be upset with the University’s treatment of workers on campus. From a student’s perspective Faculty House itself is prohibitively expensive to hold events in, and none of the 22% tip goes to the workers who put 60-80 hour weeks into keeping the place running. Not to mention that the University systematically lays off Faculty House workers during summer and winter breaks, denying them from drawing unemployment benefits. They even have the gall to consider some workers who put in 60 hour weeks as being working only part-time!
What result the demonstrations will bring is still uncertain. Historically though, students have been able to force Columbia’s hand into acting responsibly– at least some of the time. One of the speakers referenced the ’68 protests that all but shut down the University for a semester. While the Faculty House protests haven’t consumed campus like in ’68, the message very much rang true.
But this protest, organized by the Student-Worker Solidarity, was relatively small compared to the one they held a few weeks ago during the blizzard. In case you were too busy huddling inside for warmth and missed the action on Low steps, take a look at some pics of the protest in the snow.
All pictures here were taken by Cub Pub editor in chief, Zach Kagan. If you are a member of the Student-Worker Solidarity club, a Faculty House worker, or a representative of the University, and you wish to make a statement to the Cub Pub about this issue please contact us at email@example.com.