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When Sun Services LLC took over the custodial operations at Wesleyan University, their management team began a campaign of harassment. The custodial workers have endured constant verbal abuse, threats and retaliatory discipline from supervisors and the manager in charge of their operations at Wesleyan.

More urgently, Sun Services has demonstrated a general disregard for workers' safety on the job, using cleaning chemicals that have made workers sick, and increasing their workload leading to injuries. And even though the company is clearly under-staffed (management has been seen doing the work of custodians) they're now implementing layoffs of 10-13 of the 60 custodians on campus. These layoffs will be happening very soon if the administration does not step-in immediately.

Wesleyan University Alumni, known for their concern for social justice and dignity for every member of the Wesleyan community, are asked to stop all financial contributions to the university until Sun Services abandons its layoff plans and transfers their management team off the Wesleyan campus. It's unfortunate to have taken it to this point, but the administration has not thus far been responsive to the workers or their student and community supporters.

Letter to
Vice President of University Relations Barbara-Jan Wilson
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Joseph Thomas Giaimo
Associate Director of the Wesleyan Fund Theresa Kidd
and 5 others
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Rebecca Looney
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Stephanie McQueen
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Katie Nester Pugliese
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Brittany Richard
Assistant Director, The Wesleyan Fund Samantha C. Slade
I'm writing to ask that the administration hold its cleaning contractor, Sun Services LLC, to the same ethical behavior I expect from every member of the Wesleyan community. Until Sun Services abandons its plans to layoff its workers, and transfers the abusive and reckless management team off Wesleyan's campus, I will cease all financial contributions to the Wesleyan Fund and more generally the university.

Please forward this email to the office of Michael Roth. Thank you for your important work, and I look forward to supporting it again in the future.