Please sign our petition to support economic fairness and HUCTW inclusion for museum and parking staff in our sister union, HUSPMGU! Details below.
Harvard University Security, Parking, and Museum Guards Union (HUSPMGU), one of our sister unions at Harvard, represents about 80 members who work as Parking Monitors for Harvard Campus Services and as Museum Attendants at the Harvard Art Museums. For more than five years, HUSPMGU has actively sought to become a part of HUCTW and our two Unions’ leaders have long shared this goal.
In several rounds of talks with leaders from our two unions in recent years, Harvard administrators have resisted our proposed plans to bring HUSPMGU members into HUCTW and cover their jobs under the HUCTW Agreement. Because this effort is an important and increasingly worrisome one, we are writing today to ask you to support our sister union, HUSPMGU, in ongoing efforts to win economic fairness and HUCTW inclusion.
HUSPMGU members work alongside HUCTW members in similar jobs and our interests at work are the same—jobs with fair pay, full benefits, work-life balance, security, and the opportunity to grow. Yet, as a result of their status as a small, independent union, HUSPMGU members have for decades suffered greatly substandard pay and benefits, lower than any other group of regular employees at the University. Their pay is hardly a living wage. At $17.69 per hour the HUSPMGU starting rate is 30-40% lower than entry-level pay for food service workers and custodians at the University—there is no logic to support this disparity. It is also a cause for concern that HUSPMGU members, who are predominantly people of color and immigrants, have the lowest pay of any employee group on campus.
Please take a a minute to sign our HUSPMGU-HUCTW statement of support, letting Harvard leaders know that our community is united in the fight to include HUSPMGU members in HUCTW.
We encourage all HUCTW members to sign this statement, as well as all other friends and colleagues in the Harvard community. Please consider adding a personal note or comment from your own perspective or experience. We will keep you informed as efforts to lift up the standing of HUSPMGU members continue and intensify.
No one should work at Harvard every day and still struggle to make ends meet. HUSPMGU members deserve the same opportunities, benefits, and protections that all other regular employee groups at Harvard enjoy. There is no defensible reason why they should continue to work in the second-class situation they have endured for years, and we hope you will join us to help bring them into HUCTW.
Thank you for your support!