- In January the [Harvard] university plans to cut the compensation of its janitorial staff. Contracted workers could get nothing.
- The administration claims that Harvard had to scrap its excused absence policy for contract workers due to the financial pressures of dealing with the pandemic and the attendant operational changes.
- Although many colleges and universities across the country have taken a financial hit from the pandemic, not everyone is convinced that the world’s richest university must resort to austerity. In recent weeks, SEIU workers have protested the policy change, and both Harvard students and Cambridge City Council members have demanded that the administration preserve the jobs and benefits of the affected contracted workers—who include janitorial, security, and dining hall staff.