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(Invisible Voices) The Struggle for Workers' Rights at UMD

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Late Fall 2010 marked the beginning of an ongoing struggle, on the campus of the University of Maryland, to completely wipe out all forms of discrimination, abuse and disrespect levied upon any employees. Within the past year a vast array of UMD employees began coming forwards with on the job allegations ranging from Sexual Abuse to Racial Discrimination. As each month passed, the allegations got more serious and more frequent. The Black Faculty and Staff chapter at the University of Maryland decided to take up the cause and to stand on the right side of justice and solidarity.  Three forums were held and sponsored by BFSA in an effort to allow the employees to have an opportunity to tell their stories, voice their opinions, strategize, and to build solidarity with the broader campus community. Invisible Voices is a BFSA sponsored radio program geared at allowing these UMD employees an additional platform to let their voices be heard and to garner greater and broader support regarding this human and workers’ rights issue. This episode we will be joined by Andrea Zamudio who is a university alumnus and the Spanish to English (and vice versa) translator for all of the forums. She has also been working with a lot of the Latina women who came forward with allegations of sexual abuse and racial/cultural discrimination.  Please tune in.

 

Please visit the various websites below for news articles on this issue as well as a 56 page report produced by the BFSA, regarding this serious situation.

www.bfsa.umd.edu

http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/staff-call-workplace-labor-camp-1.2133467

 

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