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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Letter to the Editor: A Blue Valentine’s Day at Emerson

Letter to the Editor: A Blue Valentine’s Day at Emerson

It is easy to love Emerson. Talented students, brilliant faculty, committed staff: great people. We see individuals learn and grow on our campus, but we also see them stifled. We see them burn out and...

The Emerson Staff Union is hoping to have some of their sacrificed benefits reinstated, especially for some of the at-risk staff members.

Staff Union calls for end to hiring freeze

By Bailey Allen and Vivi Smilgius
November 4, 2021

Members of Emerson’s staff union took to the streets this week amid contract negotiations with the college, demanding the college increase hiring in several areas that they say are already severely...

The Emerson Staff Union is hoping to have some of their sacrificed benefits reinstated, especially for some of the at-risk staff members.

Staff union petitions for overdue salary increases

By Bailey Allen, Deputy Enterprise Editor
September 16, 2021

Almost a year after college administrators promised to give all staff the annual 3.9 percent salary increase agreed upon during the union's 2018 collective bargaining agreement, members of the Emerson...

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

By Illona Yukhayev
June 16, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she’s not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor....

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

Letter: Advice for students about to graduate? Join a union

By Illona Yukhayev
April 27, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she's not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor.  Every...

About 70 staff union members lined the hallway elbow-to-elbow on the lower level of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center while college administrators entered room L-151 for a contract negotiation with the union’s bargaining committee in April. Chris Van Buskirk / Beacon Archive.

No benefit restoration in sight despite strong financial outlook

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
April 5, 2021

Emerson’s financial state remains stable as the end of the 2021 fiscal year draws near, but college officials remain uncertain when they can reinstitute benefits for staff and faculty.  In a March...

A janitor working in the dorm hallway.

Overworked during pandemic, staff fight to have benefits reinstated

By Ann E. Matica and Camilo Fonseca
March 18, 2021

With inflated workloads, slashed benefits, and continuing tense negotiations with Emerson,  college staff members are nearing a breaking point—after more than a year of sacrifice forced by the pandemic.  Emerson...

Christopher Wilson (left) and Dennis Levine (right) wait at Rock Bottom restaurant for prospective staff union members to arrive. Photo credit: Dana Gerber

Staff Union seeks new members at Valentine’s Day meet and greet

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 16, 2020

The Emerson College Staff Union hosted a Valentine’s Day meet-and-greet at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Stuart Street Friday to chat with prospective members over lunch about joining the union...

SEIU members hold up Valentines cards inviting staff members to an event on Feb. 14. Tivara Tanudjaja

Emerson Staff Union begins first targeted organizing effort

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
February 8, 2020

The Emerson Staff Union passed out nearly 60 handwritten invitations to a Valentine’s Day meet-and-greet event to staff members in non-unionized departments on Friday in an effort to recruit more...

About 70 staff union members lined the hallway elbow-to-elbow on the lower level of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center while college administrators entered room L-151 for a contract negotiation with the union’s bargaining committee in April. Chris Van Buskirk / Beacon Archive.

College rolls out demands from staff union

By Maya Gacina
October 10, 2018

The college began distributing the demands and benefits listed in the collective bargaining agreement or contract with Emerson’s staff union after ratification this summer. The Service Employees...

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