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File #: 22-1931    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 11/8/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/10/2022 Final action: 11/10/2022
Enactment date: 11/10/2022 Enactment #: 214525
Title: That this City Council supports the United Labor of Tufts Resident Assistants (ULTRA).
Sponsors: Willie Burnley Jr., Jesse Clingan, Lance L. Davis, Ben Ewen-Campen, Beatriz Gomez Mouakad , Charlotte Kelly, Matthew McLaughlin, Judy Pineda Neufeld, Jefferson Thomas (J.T.) Scott, Kristen Strezo, Jake Wilson
Indexes: City Clerk
Attachments: 1. Resolution - ULTRA

Agenda Summary


That this City Council supports the United Labor of Tufts Resident Assistants (ULTRA). 




Official Text

WHEREAS:                     As of November 9th, 2022, a growing supermajority of student workers employed at Tufts University's Office of Resident Life & Learning have signed union authorization cards indicating their intention to join OPEIU Local 153 as part of the United Labor of Tufts Resident Assistants (ULTRA); and


WHEREAS:                     Resident Assistants at Tufts University have taken on vital work to ensure compliance with the institution’s COVID-19 policies with no additional hazard pay; and


WHEREAS:                      Residents Assistants currently receive no pay for their work beyond a room credit, despite having to attend 80 hours of unpaid training; and


WHEREAS:                      A significant portion of Resident Assistants are people of color and low-income first-generation college students who are compelled to take on this position to afford room and board while often having to take on second or third jobs; and


WHEREAS:                      Wesleyan University voluntarily recognized an undergraduate student union earlier this year, becoming the first university in the country to voluntarily do so; and


WHEREAS:                      Somerville’s City Council supports and encourages the growing tide of unionization among workers of all kind, including student workers; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT


RESOLVED: That the Somerville City Council supports ULTRA in their efforts to form a union to collectively bargain for good wages and working conditions and calls upon Tufts University to voluntarily recognize their unit.