TENTH ANNUAL STUDENT LABOR WEEK OF ACTION
College campuses have
become an important battleground for addressing economic inequities.
Colleges and universities employ large numbers of people - graduate
students, janitors, cafeteria workers, and professors - and so have
power over the quality of life of entire communities. These institutions
are also large purchasers - spending billions of dollars each year
on everything from sweatshirts, to books, to building materials.
They can therefore control the standards under which the good they
purchase are produced. And, of course, universities and colleges
have the responsibility to provide quality education to a diverse
student population. Throughout the U.S., students are fighting for
a voice in decisions on important issues such as how their tuition
money is spent, how the institution behaves as an employer and member
of a community, and who has access to higher education.
The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) is a joint initiative of
Jobs with Justice and the United States Student Association that
engages student organizations in economic justice campaigns. JwJ
coalitions around the country house local SLAPs that connect students
from multiple campuses. SLAP supports the growing student movement
for economic justice by making links between campus and community
organizing, providing skills training to build lasting student organizations,
and developing campaigns that win concrete victories for working
families. Additionally, SLAP partners with student organizations
such as United Students Against Sweatshops, MEChA, Student-Farmworker
Alliance, Student Action with Farmworkers, and Not With Our Money
to build a strong student movement for workers’ rights and
Check out the Campaigns and Week of Action sections to learn more about what SLAP is doing.