Support the People Michael Roth!

Support the People Michael Roth!

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Wesleyan and Middletown Organizing Coalition started this petition to President Of Wesleyan University Michael Roth

READ LETTER TO ROTH HERE

We demand that you urgently implement the following measures:

1. Commit to following many other institutions of higher education and allocate Wesleyan’s financial resources through a community fund to the people of Middletown;

a. Commit to collaborating with community entities, including but not limited to the community partners of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships and the Allbritton Community Advisory Board, to ensure that the fund is managed and distributed by marginalized members of the local community and their representative organizations;

b. Work with the Office of Mayor Ben Florsheim to create a working relationship of wealth redistribution that empowers under-resourced local communities, rather than serving as a form of patronage;

2. Commit to paying full compensation, benefits, and health insurance to all (including furloughed) employees of Bon Appétit, SMG, RJ Julia, and other service contractors for the full duration of the COVID-19 crisis, regardless of its duration, as demanded by the union of Bon Appétit workers at Wesleyan;

3. Commit to establishing an employee assistance fund to allow both directly employed and contracted workers at Wesleyan to apply for immediate financial relief for basic needs such as food and housing;

4. Commit to reallocating funds earmarked for all nonessential facilities and construction projects (which are now frozen) to the community fund and the employee assistance fund;

5. Commit to immediately redirect fundraising resources to launch a fundraising campaign to support the community fund and the employee assistance fund;

6. Commit to freezing all real estate acquisitions and reallocate funds earmarked for them to this community fund and the employee assistance fund;

7. Commit to working with service contractors to ensure that both directly employed and contracted workers at the University receive hazard premiums of at least 1.5x pay for working in conditions of increased vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus—especially food service and custodial workers.

8. Commit to working with service contractors to ensure that both directly employed and contracted workers at the University receive adequate personal protective equipment when working in conditions of vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus.

9. Commit to ensuring no retaliation against both directly employed and contracted workers for refusing to perform work due to the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

10. Commit to fully inform and frequently update both directly employed and contracted workers on the policies regarding their working conditions, compensation, and benefits in their preferred languages;

11. Commit to doubling Wesleyan’s work-study contribution to student workers (Federal Work-Study, Wesleyan Term-Time Employment, or Freeman Scholars Term-Time Employment) for the spring semester;

12. Commit to regrant community partner’s access to Long Lane Farm throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure there is food available to residents who have relied on the consistency of this supply for over five years. 

13. Commit to joining over 30 Connecticut state legislators in signing a petition demanding that Governor Lamont follow the lead of California Governor Newsom by establishing a fund for undocumented Connecticut residents who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and federal relief measures, including the CARES Act;
a. Commit to making a substantial donation towards this fund once it is established;

We expect you to respond to this petition by May 8, 2020 with your detailed plan for swiftly implementing the above measures with the urgency they demand.

SIGNED, 

Wesleyan Student Organizations

United Student-Labor Action Coalition

Ajua Campos 

Open House 

La Casa

Climate Action Group

Wesleyan ACLU

Traverse Square

Wesleyan Student Assembly Community Committee

WesNEAT (North End Action Team)

Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness

WesDS (Wesleyan Democratic Socialists)

Asian American Student Collective 

Wesleyan Faculty/Staff

Dr. Tyshawn Sorey

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva

Middletown/CT Organizations 

North End Action Team 

Middlesex Immigrant Rights Alliance 

Dreamville House Initiatives Director Nur Fitzpatrick  

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