The SWS is a group of students striving to promote support and solidarity between students and workers both on the Columbia campus and outside of its gates. On Saturday, more than 70 Columbia community members rallied against worker inequality at Domino’s and at Indus Valley. Here’s Student-Worker-Solidarity’s press release on the event:
Over seventy members of the Columbia community rallied last night at the Columbia gates to protest against sweatshop conditions and union-busting at Domino’s, Indus Valley, and Faculty House. After a short speak-out on campus, the group marched to Domino’s at 108th St. and then to Indus Valley at 100th St. & Broadway.
With chants, signs, and flyers, members of Student-Worker Solidarity (SWS), Justice Will Be Served (JWBS), the Columbia Democrats, and the International Socialist Organization demonstrated against a number of economic injustices in Morningside Heights. They called for Dave Melton, owner of four Domino’s franchises, and Phuman and Billa Singh, the owners of Indus Valley, to pay their workers millions of dollars in stolen wages. They also called for Sheila Garvey, Columbia Vice President of Labor Relations, to negotiate in good faith with Unite Here Local 100, the union representing workers at Faculty House.
“Student-Worker Solidarity is renewing the long tradition of students and workers at CU fighting together for justice,” said SWS member Yoni Golijov, “And in the context of the upsurge in workers’ struggles across the country like at Walmart and in the fast food industry, we’re only going to see more and more student-labor solidarity groups popping up at universities everywhere.”