Tue, 11/17/2015 (All day) - Thu, 12/31/2015 (All day)
Give to the U? Do you know where your money goes?
Dear University of Minnesota Alum and Supporter,
For many organizations, peak fundraising season started with Give to the Max Day on November 12. The University of Minnesota will be looking to you for a donation, asking you to be #UMNProud.
Do they deserve it? Recently the University Administration has gained publicity not for fostering learning or ground-breaking research. Instead, there has been one scandal after another, reflecting the institutional racism and sexism ingrained in the administration’s culture.
From provoking student sit-ins demanding diversity funding, to covering up sexual discrimination lawsuits, to top administrators using funds to pay for personal expenses, the current administration has repeatedly sullied the reputation of the University of Minnesota.
During all this, they have been offering the most diverse employee groups raises of less than one percent in contract negotiations with AFSCME and Teamsters. 84% of clerical workers are female, and 22% of unionized workers are people of color. They have told us that two weeks of parental leave is enough to take care of our newborn infants even though our bosses are given six weeks paid time off. They have refused to introduce a $15 minimum wage. Which employees should the U invest in?
SIGN THE PETITION: We support raises and respect for frontline workers
Contact UMN Foundation President Kathy Schmidlkofer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-8835) and UMN Alumni Association President Lisa Lewis (email@example.com or 612-624-6412). Ask to speak directly with them. Tell them you support union workers at the U so you’ll only give 25, 37 or 75 cents - a donation that reflects the U’s wage offers of 0.25%, 0.37%, or 0.75% to frontline workers. Alternately, you can tell them you won’t be contributing any money until they meet the needs of the University’s lowest paid workers.
“Hi, can I speak with Kathy Schmidlkofer/Lisa Lewis? I’m ___, an alum/supporter of the U. I understand that the U administration is offering paltry wage increases to frontline staff, and that these workers don’t get as much time to spend with their newborn infants as managers. It looks like there are two universities – one for workers, and one for managers. Those workers helped me get my degree, and your treatment of union employees makes it hard to be #UMN Proud. So this fundraising season, I will show the U the same consideration the U is showing workers: I will only contribute (25/37/75) cents to the University. When the U’s treatment of its workers improves, I may reconsider the amount of my contribution.”