Keep the pressure on in library contract negotiations!

In the build-up to tomorrow’s RALLY (12 noon, Thursday 10/14, outside of the Rockefeller Library at 10 Prospect Street), we are trying to keep as much pressure on the administration as possible. Most of you have probably already signed the petition to say that you support the library workers in their negotiations.

In addition, please:
send an email to key administrators involved in the negotiations showing your support. Filling out the online form and clicking “submit” will take all of 60 seconds.

– Make a phone call to those same administrators. A call will take all of about 2 minutes, and is a great way to send administrators a direct message that the Brown community cares about what’s happening to the library workers. We need for them to hear that the Brown community is united in opposition to these attacks on affordable health care and fair treatment. These are the key admins we are tying to reach:

David Kertzer, University Provost, phone (401) 863-2707
Joe Sarno, Director of Labor Relations, phone (401) 863-3896
Harriette Hemmasi, University Librarian, phone (401) 863-2162
Elizabeth Huidekoper, Vice President for Finance and Administration, phone (401) 863-9400
Ruth Simmons, University President, phone (401) 863-2234

Here’s a sample call script: “Hi, my name is (insert name) and I’m calling in support of the library workers currently in contract negotiations with the university. I stand with the over-300 Brown students, faculty, alumni and community members who have signed petitions in opposition to the current proposals to drastically increase health care contributions, reduce workers’ autonomy over their hours, and preserve the elimination of the door guard positions. I hope that you will do everything within your power to ensure fair treatment for university employees by standing up for affordable health care and respect for workers today. Thank you for your time.”

Please call and email if you can. ¡Sí se puede!

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