With unanimous commitment from their coworkers, Reed College Campus Safety Officers delivered a letter informing management that they’re forming a union and asking for the college to agree to a fair process The delegation also included supporters and coworkers from Reed’s Custodial Services department (already SEIU 49 members) and Portland Jobs with Justice. Campus Safety Officers are forming their union to improve public safety and working conditions through efforts rooted in safety, respect, and community. Read more in the letter below.
Vice President for Student Services
We are the Community Safety Officers who provide a safe college community 24/7/365. We take our role in the Reed College Community seriously, and we are reaching out to you because we believe that changes need to be made to keep our community safe and acknowledge the value of all members in the community.
We take pride in the work that we do. We came to Reed College to be part of a community committed to the values that we share. CSOs are an important part of ensuring safety of Reed College students, the faculty, staff, and community members. Whether we’re managing the switchboard, unlocking a door, responding to a medical emergency, or taking a report, the work of CSOs is vital to the Reed community.
We value community pride, inclusivity, and mutual respect. We are reaching out today because we believe that Reed is not living up to those ideals with respect to CSOs and the community safety department. We envision a Reed the reflects the following values:
Safety – A safe campus community, tools to support the security of the campus, and for resources to maintain a safe workplace.
Respect – Respect for the work that CSOs do, and our role in the Reed community, and respect for our time, both in and outside of work.
Community – Developing deep connections to the Reed community. CSOs engaging with all members of the Reed Community, and for staffing that supports these deep connections.
Accountability – Management and leadership to be held accountable for their decisions. Aligning goals for the department between management and CSOs
Our hope to work in an environment which reflects theses ideals has not been met. We are organizing to form a union with SEIU Local 49 because for too long our concerns have been ignored. We ask that Reed College commit to a free and fair process for us to form our union. We expect to receive a response by 1/25/2019. To reach us, contact Scott Cheesewright, ScottC@seiu49.org.
Reed College Community Safety Officers Organizing Committee