The issue of dining hall staff unionization has generated substantial buzz on campus for more than a month. Nevertheless, many Pomona students remain confused or conflicted about the process of unionization or the history of previous unionization attempts on Pomona’s campus. While these efforts have captivated the attention of the campus for some time, the impacts of a potential union on the broader campus community have not been discussed in a public forum. The Pomona Student Union believes that understanding these issues is important to helping members of the community better understand and more ably discuss the unionization effort. To that end, we are proud to announce that the PSU will be hosting a panel event on Tuesday, April 6th at 4:15 in Rose Hills Theatre that will look at these issues from multiple perspectives as well as allow a forum to address questions raised by members of the community.
The panelists will be Karen Sisson, Treasurer and Vice President of the College; Fernando Lozano of the Economics department; Jerry Irish of Religious Studies; Carmen Lopez, a staff member from the Workers for Justice leadership; and Heather Williams of the Politics Department.
We recognize that this is an issue that involves the livelihoods of members of our community and touches on extraordinarily sensitive topics, but we firmly believe that hearing from, and engaging with, a number of different perspectives will help ensure that members of the community are better able to discuss the issues involved. This event is neither an attempt to support nor oppose the unionization effort of the dining hall workers—the PSU is non-partisan and does not endorse the opinions of any of the speakers at the event. In hosting this panel, we seek to provide more information in an interactive setting where dialogue between the panelists will be encouraged and a number of perspectives will be presented for consideration.