Students & Workers in Solidarity

Building student and worker power at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students and Workers in Solidarity.


Labor Code of Conduct


The University holds its business partners to the highest ethical and moral standards.  All contractors and subcontractors with employees on University premises shall be contractually bound to adhere to the following requirements.  The University will confirm that prospective contractors agree to comply with these requirements during any bid solicitation process.


I. Job Security for Campus Workers.


The Company, and its subcontractors, will offer all non-management employees, including supervisors, employed under a predecessor contract for performance of the same or similar services at the same location, a right of first refusal of employment for all positions for which they are qualified, at no less than the prior wage rate and with equal or better comparable health benefits, retirement benefits and paid time off benefits as under the predecessor contract, and recognizing the seniority of each employee. Seniority for each employee will be measured by their continuous service at the University with all predecessor contractors or subcontractors and seasonal layoffs will not be considered a break in service for the purposes of seniority.  The company will not discipline or terminate any employee at any time without just cause. There will be no employment openings under this contract until such right of first refusal has been provided.


The Company will maintain a staffing level greater than or equal to the level present at the expiration or termination of the predecessor contract during the first six months after the date this contract becomes effective, and will not reduce hours for any employees employed under the predecessor contract.  When vacancies arise during the life of this contract, then any employee laid off due to adjustments in staffing levels, seasonal or otherwise, will be offered a right of first refusal of employment for the first available vacancies in positions for which they are qualified. The Company will immediately recognize any union currently authorized as the employees’ bargaining agent, and agrees to be bound by any collective bargaining agreement currently in place until the date that agreement is set to expire.


II. Living Wages.


Hourly wages paid by the Company to all employees at the University, whether full time, part time or temporary, will be at minimum a local prevailing wage for the relevant industry, as determined by the Department of Labor, or a living wage, whichever is higher.  A living wage equals the minimum hourly wage rate required to cover the local costs of food, housing, transportation, health care, child care, taxes and other basic necessities for a family of four with a single income-earner working a forty hour work week, as augmented yearly according to the regional Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), and must at the very least equal one hundred and fifty percent of the federal poverty threshold for a family of four.


III. Affordable Health Insurance.


The Company will offer all of its employees at the University, full time or part time, a health insurance plan that is comparable to and at no greater cost than the health insurance plan offered to directly-hired employees of the University in place on the date this contract is effective, and in no case will an employee be required to pay more than twenty percent of the monthly health insurance premium.


IV. Access to Transportation


The company will offer all of its employees at the University, full time or part time, comparable subsidies for public transportation such as MARTA as offered to directly-hired employees of the University.


V. Freedom to Form Unions.


The Company will remain neutral on the issue of employee unionization and will make no attempt to influence any decision by any employee regarding whether to form and join a union.  The Company will allow representatives of labor organizations free access to campus facilities to speak with employees in break areas and during non-work time.  The Company will not harass, threaten, discipline or fire any employee in response to union support or union activity.


The Company will voluntarily recognize an employee union by any legal recognition method pursued by employees, including but not limited to a card-check or majority sign-up procedure, and will not require that employees pursue any particular method over another.  Where employees have authorized union representation, the Company will bargain in good faith with union representatives in an expeditious manner.


VI. Notification.


Upon commencement of operations at the University, and at any additional time of the University’s choosing, the Company will notify its campus employees, in writing and in languages spoken by employees, that the Company is bound to the terms of this Article, including a policy of neutrality concerning employees’ efforts to achieve union representation, and will affirm that there will be no negative consequences for employees who engage in union activity.  Furthermore, this code shall be displayed in a public and permanent form at every work site.


VII. Enforcement: Commission on the Status of Class.

To enforce this code, the University will establish a President’s Commission on the Status of Class (PCSC). The Commission will be modeled after the model set forth by the President’s Commissions on Race & Ethnicity, Status of Women, and Sexuality, Gender Diversity, & Queer Equality. PCSC will conduct yearly audits of contractors and sub-contractors to assess their abidance of this Code and report directly to the office of the President of Emory University regarding violations. PCSC will also have the authority to conduct inquiries into issues concerning the status of labor on campus, including wages, healthcare benefits and percentage of workers receiving federal subsidies.