October 27, 2016 | Category: Announcement
TO: Faculty and Staff, All campuses
FROM: Patricia Campbell
Dear Members of the University Community:
We understand that the employees of C&W, our custodial contractor, who work at Tufts have voted to authorize a strike if the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ (SEIU)—the union that represents the janitors—and C&W are unable to reach agreement by October 31.
By law, Tufts is not a party to these negotiations. All wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment for C&W janitors who work at Tufts are determined by the site agreement negotiated between the SEIU and C&W. C&W is also responsible for hiring and fulfilling other terms and conditions of employment. The new site agreement would govern C&W custodians at Tufts, and is one of 59 such agreements negotiated by the C&W and SEIU under the master agreement approved recently by the SEIU and the region’s custodial services companies.
C&W has prepared a contingency plan to continue to provide janitorial services to Tufts in the event that negotiations cannot be completed successfully. The plan would prioritize student and healthcare spaces on all of Tufts’ campuses, such as dining facilities, dorms, bathrooms, locker rooms, clinics, and animal hospital facilities.
We value the employees of C&W who provide janitorial services to our campuses, and we remain hopeful that the current talks between the SEIU and C&W will result in a fair agreement for all parties.
We will continue to keep the university community informed.
Executive Vice President