Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Students Association, Student Worker Solidarity, the International Socialist Organization, and Students Against Mass Incarceration gathered on Low Plaza on Thursday to speak out against Barnard administrators’ decision to remove SJP’s banner from Barnard Hall.
Student-Worker Solidarity, which already has a record of bringing about reforms in labor practices on Columbia’s Morningside campus—and getting under the administration’s skin—is now turning its attention north to the University’s controversial Manhattanville expansion.
Employees suing Upper West Side restaurant Indus Valley for unfair labor practices reached a settlement with management last month, ending a nearly two-year legal battle.
All employees will see a 2 percent wage increase in April 2014, in addition to a $1000 lump sum payment this year, a $500 lump sump payment in June 2014, and annual lump sum payments of $250 to $750 based on seniority.
Students take the initiative to agitate issues, but this may not always be the most effective solution to Columbia's problems.
After almost 10 months of negotiations, an agreement over the contract for Faculty House employees still has not yet been reached.
On Saturday night, the Student-Worker Solidarity activism group protested in support of workers suing a local restaurant. Group leaders say their protest was also part of a push for higher wages citywide.
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