The Central Ohio Worker Center is proud to be working with Ohio State students for student/worker solidarity. On Monday August 10, the COWC joined over 40 students, campus workers, alumni, and community members organized by United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) at Ohio State to begin a campaign against the privatization of energy at Ohio State. By privatizing energy plants on campus, campus workers currently organized and represented by the Communication Workers of America Local 4501 - will likely face attacks on their pensions, benefits, and wages. Privatizing energy will only serve to shift the responsibility of their workers
On August 23, COWC was present at Ohio State's annual Student Involvement Fair sharing space with Ohio State USAS and the Ohio State Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA). The Ohio State SFA is a student group organizing for farmworker justice with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW is a powerful group of farmworkers who have successfully pressured big corporations - such as Taco Bell, McDonalds, and WAL-MART - to join what is called the "Fair Food Program" by paying farmworkers more for what they pick and only buy from farms that uphold their rights.
Headquartered in Central Ohio, Wendy's is the only one of the top five fast food corporations that has not signed the Fair Food Program. The Ohio State SFA has taken matters into their own hands with the Wendy's campaign by urging Ohio State to cut their contract with a Wendy's located on campus. Their campaign to "Boot The Braids" is adding needed pressure on Wendy's to support farmworker justice.
COWC acknowledges the importance of working and engaging locally with students & youth to build student/worker solidarity for campus workers, farmworkers, immigrants, and low-income workers in Central Ohio.