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At Professor Froomkin reports that 20 students have taken over the Ashe Administration Building at the University of Miami and asks why is Donna Shalala afraid of Father Frank Corbishley?

The SEIU led strikers are demanding better pay, healthcare benefits and union representation.  God knows UM charges enough for tuition.

Below the fold are some of the new stories and what little info I posses. After you read it, go visit Professor Froomkin's blog for the on site play by play. He has several entries on the strike.

More from the Miami Hearld

UM students stage sit-in at administration building in support of janitors strike

To show support of the University of Miami janitors strike, about 19 students began a sit-in in the administration building about noon today.

Jacob Coker-Dukowitz, a junior at UM, said: 'We are sitting in because the university refuses to honor workers' rights and dignity consistently. This is about President Shalala not respecting that right, and Unicco not respecting that right.''

Coker-Dukowitz said he and the 18 other students plan to engage in sit-in as long as necessary.

I have it on good authority that Associate Dean Donna Coker's son is named Jacob, but I do not know if the Jacob Coker-Dukowitz is one and the same.

I feel like I am having a flashblack.

The local CBS station reports that the service company, UNICCO Service Co.

has publicly refused to allow the janitors to choose a card-check election; instead they have embarked on anti-union campaign to intimidate workers from organizing with Local 11 and insisted that the janitors subject themselves to a NLRB election that could take years.

I should add that Froomkin reports that the water, the wireless internet transmitter at the administration building and and the bathrooms have been shut down by the school.

Originally posted to molly bloom on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 05:01 AM PST.

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  •  I should add (5+ / 0-)
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    hind, rogun, exNYinTX, KiaRioGrl79, Omen

    for those who don't know that Professor Michael Froomkin's brother is Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post.

    "Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right"

    by molly bloom on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 05:10:22 AM PST

  •  Wow, serious flashback!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    hind, rogun, murrayewv

    Good luck to the protestors and the service workers! Hope they are sucessful! Haven't been back to UM since college (Class of'69), but they damn well did charge enough tuition then to pay workers very well!

    It's good to see students being more involved in what's going on... my boys were totally disinterested in political issues when they were in college and beyond even though I tried. Now that they are 35, working and starting families of their own, they are getting very interested!! Just had a 2 hour political discussion last nite with my son who lives in FL. There is hope for our country!

    Keep the faith!!

  •  interesting in that (0+ / 0-)

    in 1968, students occupied administration buildings at Columbia University right around the same time student protests in France were joined by trade unionists, causing a near-revolution.

  •  i'm a little surprised (0+ / 0-)

    I graduated in December 02 from UM and I never felt like anyone cared enough to do stuff like this.

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