Petition for Fair and Decent Working Conditions for Princeton University Service Workers
Read our two articles published in the 'Prince' on workers' rights:

Endorsements:

Princeton Young Democratic Socialists of America
Unidad Latina en Acción NJ
Princeton Graduate Students United Organizing Committee
Princeton College Democrats
Alliance of Jewish Progressives
The Princeton Progressive
Divest Princeton
Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform
Our Revolution Trenton-Mercer
Party of the Left of Yale University

Princeton University boasts a multitude of resources, funds, and support systems that it advertises to the student body, faculty and staff, and wider community at large. Princeton’s service employees, in particular, see a variety of exceptional benefits. Yet, despite Princeton's enormous wealth and promises of opportunities, service workers' wages have fallen below the cost of living; wage raises have not matched the rise of healthcare costs and general inflation over recent years, with base raises ranging between 2.7 and 4.65%. For the last few years, service workers have had difficulties affording groceries and essential items, which falls short of the University’s promise to employees that their working conditions are improving.

Union contract negotiations are scheduled to take place in 2023, which provides a new opportunity for workers and the University to come to a new, fairer agreement for the following several years. This provides an opportunity for the University to correct its mistakes, and to ensure decent improvements to working conditions over time.

For the coming negotiations in 2023, Princeton YDSA, co-signing organizations, and the undersigned, in line with concerns expressed by Princeton service employees, support the following demands for the coming contract negotiations between members of Service Employees International Union Local 175 and Princeton University Human Resources and the Princeton administration.

  • A living minimum wage and automatic, annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) that meet or exceed USD inflation as reported by the Consumer Price Index and the cost of benefits as a baseline, while maintaining and expanding additional performance raises.

    • Back pay for the past five years, during which raises trailed cost of living.

    • Provide opportunities for workers to receive higher pay in exchange for taking on additional responsibilities not in their base job description.

    • Reinstate double time pay for the 7th consecutive day of work.

  • Reinstate workers' right to strike to allow them to fully utilize their constitutional right to free expression for the betterment of their families, the student body, and the Princeton community.

  • Update job descriptions to reflect the full duties of each position.

  • Improve pension benefits to match those of faculty as a percentage of income.

  • Provide affordable childcare so that parents are not burdened for ensuring the safety and care of their children.

  • Restore previously guaranteed family vacation benefits and opportunities.

  • Provide free parking to employees, many of whom are forced to drive due to a lack of nearby public transit.

  • Provide free memberships for on-campus gyms.

  • Scooter safety notices to ensure the safety of both students and employees, particularly around construction sites.

YDSA heard from 116 service workers on campus about their concerns regarding workplace conditions. Among the responses we gathered from service employees–across the political spectrum from left to right to apolitical–we found several common themes and expressions about their employment with the University:

“I can’t buy clothes or anything that isn’t essential, it’s honestly extremely depressing….”
“I feel if I was gone tomorrow nobody would even care.”
“I am proud of my work but I don’t feel like the [University] is proud to have us.”
“I just want to be treated like I mean something to [P]rinceton”
“[My] union does not reserve the right to strike and that is the only powerful tool for any union to express it[s] voice.”
“I have problems paying my bills and paying for food and I don't feel like [I’m] important to the university even though I work hard”
“Most months I’m overdrafting my account just to survive.”
“It could be better if we ha[d] an option to strike because we are way under pay.”
“Pay doesn’t reflect the cost of living.”
“[E]verything is going up but my salary!”


In response to being directly queried on salaries being presently insufficient to support the cost of living, President Eisgruber and Vice President of Human Resources Romy Riddick admitted in a CPUC meeting on February 20th of this year that the University pays “very close attention” to market conditions in making adjustments to salaries, rather than employee needs or cost of living.

Among those we heard from, 93% of employees said that annual wage adjustments equal to or greater than the increase in cost of living should be the minimum for service employees at Princeton.

At Princeton, a topic of great interest is the importance of the right of free expression. This power has been freely wielded by groups on campus to debate the rights and existences of its most vulnerable members. Apparently, however, this right does not extend to service workers and their ability to protest for their right to be paid a wage that they can survive on, to be compensated for exceptional work, to enjoy meaningful and accessible benefits, and to work in a safe environment. Princeton’s no-strike clause silences that right. We believe in the right to strike as a last resort to improve terms for both workers and students at Princeton in the long run.

As a result of the deteriorating conditions for employees at the University, many feel increasingly excluded from the University community. As a university community, we support the above improvements for service employees at Princeton. 

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Traducción/Translation: Petición para condiciones laborales justos para los empleados de servicios de la Universidad de Princeton

La Universidad de Princeton ostenta una multitud de recursos, fondos y sistemas de apoyo de que anuncia al alumnado, al profesorado, al personal y a la comunidad en general. Los empleados de servicio de Princeton, en particular, gozan de una variedad de beneficios excepcionales. No obstante, a pesar de la enorme riqueza y las promesas de oportunidades de Princeton, los salarios de los trabajadores han caído por debajo del costo de vida; los aumentos salariales no se han equiparado con el aumento de los costos de atención médica y la inflación general en los últimos años, con aumentos básicos que oscilan entre 2.7 y 4.65%. Durante los últimos años, los obreros de servicios han tenido dificultades para comprar comestibles y artículos esenciales, lo que no cumple con la promesa de que sus condiciones laborales están mejorando.

Las negociaciones del contrato sindical están programadas para 2023, lo que brinda una nueva oportunidad para que los trabajadores y la Universidad lleguen a un acuerdo más justo para los próximos años. Estas negociaciones brindan una oportunidad para que la Universidad corrija sus errores y garantice mejoras decentes en las condiciones de trabajo a lo largo del tiempo.

Para las próximas negociaciones sindicales en 2023, Princeton YDSA, las organizaciones cofirmantes y los abajo firmantes, de acuerdo con las preocupaciones expresadas por los empleados de servicio de Princeton, apoyan las siguientes demandas para las próximas negociaciones de contratos entre miembros de Service Employees International Union Local 175 y Recursos Humanos y la administración de la Universidad de Princeton.

* Salario mínimo digno y ajustes automáticos anuales por el costo de vida que cumplen o superan la inflación y el costo de los beneficios al menos, mientras se mantienen y amplíam los aumentos de rendimiento adicionales.

     * Pago retroactivo de los últimos cinco años, durante los cuales los aumentos fueron a la zaga del costo de vida.

     * Oportunidades para que los obreros reciban un salario más alto por asumir responabilidades adicionales que no estén en la descripción de su trabajo básico.

* Restablezca el pago de doble jornada por el día consecutivo de trabajo.

* Restablezca el derecho de hacer huelga para permitirles a los trabajadores utilizar su derecho constitucional a la libertad de expresión para el beneficio de sus familias, el alumnado y la comunidad de Princeton.

* Actualice las descripciones de los puestos para que reflejen todas las funciones de cada puesto.

* Mejore los beneficios de pensión para que coicidan con los de los profesores como porcentaje de los ingresos.

* Proporcione cuidado infantil asequible para que los padres no se sientan abrumados por garantizar la seguridad de sus hijos.

* Restaure los beneficios y oportunidades de vacaciones familiares previamente garantizados.

* Proporcione estacionamiento gratuito a los empleados, muchos de los cuales se ven obligados a conducir debido a la falta de transporte público cercano.

* Proporcione membresías gratuitas para los gimnasios en el campus.

* Avisos de seguridad de escúteres para garantizar la seguridad tanto de los estudiantes como de los empleados, particularmente alrededor de los proyectos de contrucción.

YDSA escuchó de 116 trabajadores de servicios en el campus sobre sus preocupaciones con respecto a las condiciones del lugar de trabajo. Entre las respuestas que recopilamos de los empleados de servicios, en todo el espectro político desde la izquierda hasta la derecha y aún los apolíticos, encontramos varios temas y expresiones comunes sobre su empleo en la Universidad:
“No puedo comprar ropa ni nada que no sea esencial, sinceramente es extremadamente deprimente…”
“Siento que si me fuera mañana a nadie le importaría.”
“Estoy orgulloso de mi trabajo, pero no siento que la Universidad esté orgullosa de tenernos.”
“Solo quiero que me traten como si significara algo para Princeton."
“Mi sindicato no se reserva el derecho de hacer huelga y esa es la única herramienta poderosa para que cualquier sindicato exprese su voz.”
“Tengo problemas para pagar mis cuentas y pagar la comida y no siento que soy importante para la universidad a pesar de que trabajo duro.”
“La mayoría de los meses estoy sobregirando mi cuenta bancaria solo para sobrevivir.”
“Podría ser mejor si tuviéramos la opción de hacer huelga ya que estamos muy mal pagados.”
“El salario no refleja el costo de vida.”
“¡Todo está subiendo menos mi salario!”

En respuesta a una pregunta directa sobre los sueldos insuficientes, el presidente Eisgruber y la vicepresidenta de Recursos Humanos, Romy Riddick, admitieron en una reunión el 20 de febrero que la Universidad solo presta “mucha atención” al mercado en vez de las necesidades de los empleados o el costo de vida.

Entre aquellos de quienes escuchamos, el 93% dijo que los ajustes salariales anuales iguales o mayores que el aumento del costo de vida deberían ser el mínimo para los empleados de servicios en Princeton.

En Princeton, un tema de gran interés es la importancia del derecho a la libre expresión. Este poder se ha ejercido libremente para debatir los derechos de gente vulnerable. Sin embargo, este derecho no se extiende a los trabajadores de servicios y su capacidad de protestar por su derecho a recibir un salario con el que puedan sobrevivir, a ser compensados por un trabajo excepcional, a disfrutar de beneficios significativos y accesibles y a trabajar en un entorno seguro. La cláusula de no huelga de Princeton silencia ese derecho. Creemos en el derecho a hacer huelga como último recurso para mejorar las condiciones tanto para los obreros como para los estudiantes a largo plazo.

Como resultado del deterioro de las condiciones de los empleados de la Universidad, muchos se sienten cada vez más excluidos de la comunidad universitaria. Como comunidad universitaria, apoyamos las mejoras anteriores para los empleados de servicio de Princeton.

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Signed,

Princeton Young Democratic Socialists of America
Unidad Latina en Acción NJ
Princeton Graduate Students United Organizing Committee
Princeton College Democrats
Alliance of Jewish Progressives
The Princeton Progressive
Divest Princeton
Students for Prison Education, Abolition, and Reform
Our Revolution Trenton-Mercer


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