TRU Member Points Out Flaws in CHP Health Care

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A member of TRU was interviewed in a recent Hopkins News-Letter concerning the Hopkins CHP health care plan which effects graduate students in Krieger, Whiting, and the School of Education. She said, “In general, these high co-pays and high deductibles are very problematic for graduate students because we do not really have a considerable income. … We live on a stipend that is okay enough to have a modest kind of living. There’s a lot of students who just avoid seeking medical care if they have issues because they cannot afford those kinds of expenses.”

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Contract Workers Deserve a Living Wage

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TRU stood in solidarity with other activists and unions at Johns Hopkins in demanding a $15 minimum wage for all Hopkins contract workers. TRU is a part of the Student-Labor Action Coalition which also includes Unite Here Local 7, SEIU 32BJ, the Black Student Union (BSU), and Hopkins Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Unite Here Local 7 represents the Hopkins dining service workers and SEIU 32BJ represents the Hopkins security workers (aka “Hop Cops”). The Hopkins dining service workers are contracted from BAMCO (Bon Appetit) and the security workers are contracted with Allied Universal Security.

On February 3rd the Coalition held a rally at Hodson Hall and then marched to Garland Hall where we hand-delivered a letter reiterating the request for a meeting with Hopkins administrators, but that email had gone unanswered. The rally was covered by the Johns Hopkins News-Letter.

Anti-Muslim Ban Rally

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On February 9th, 2017, hundreds from the JHU community came together on two campuses to protest President Trump’s racist, xenophobic executive order. A representative of TRU joined other speakers in demanding that Hopkins become a Sanctuary Campus, and that JHU administration provide financial resources as well as full time legal counsel to support students and workers impacted by the ban.

The JHU News-Letter covered the rally.

TRU Marches and Helps Occupy Wyman Park Building in Support of the Humanities Center

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Last Thursday, November 17, TRU and other graduate students and organizations marched from the Levering Courtyard to the Wyman Park Building in support of the Humanities Center. At the Wyman Park building we met with three administrators including Matthew Roller, the vice dean of graduate education. However, the goal was to deliver a petition with a list of demands directly to dean Beverly Wendland. TRU and other protestors then sat in at the building for approximately 45 minutes, chanting, reading out demands, and giving speeches.

The event was covered by the Hopkins News Letter, and a member of TRU was interviewed, saying: “Along with the Humanities Center being a place where first rate scholarship is produced, it’s also the place where faculty, students and administrative workers work and get their income to get their means to eat, to pay rent and to cover healthcare … My fellow graduate workers, we got to understand this is a question of our work, of our livelihood.”

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