By now, you’ve heard about the massive layoffs at Brown University. Citing economic turmoil and a reduced endowment, the administration has decided to fire 60 Brown employees. These employees come from every corner of the university. And this number doesn’t include the 139 staff members who took the “early retirement package” offered by the administration; nor does it include unionized employees–such as the librarians–who will be facing large staff cuts in upcoming contract negotiations. In response to our massive outcry, the university has rehired one worker, a phenomenal victory, but not exactly what we have in mind when we say: “Bring them back!”
The fight’s not over, and you can help! We had a massive rally yesterday, where over 200 students, faculty, staff, and Providence residents marched and chanted their way to University Hall, delivering a petition with over 600 signatures to the administration, demanding the rehiring of ALL the workers, as well as a more transparent and accountable budgetary process.
Now it’s your turn. Take one minute out of your busy schedule to click on the links below and send an email and a fax to the decision-makers at University Hall. Your voice counts, and the 59 workers who have been laid off need you to use it. Together, we can show the administration that this university prioritizes the well-being of EVERY worker in our community.
Will you do your part?