University officials say the matter is between the Cambridge firm and its employees, but Shalala won't comment. So New Times assembled a number of the UM president's past statements and facts about the UNICCO workers. The hypocrisy um, comparison speaks for itself.
"[The University will] pursue excellence in the campus life we build excellence in the way we treat each other and the ties we build to the people of Miami and Florida."
Inaugural address as UM president September 4, 2001
"We will be a good neighbor and an active partner in this community's future.... That means we must be uniquely sensitive to the world we are a part of."
"We're not going to benefit financially. The most important thing for us was to be ethical."
Statement to student newspaperThe Miami Hurricane regarding the Us beneficence to Hurricane Katrina victims in a story published September 6, 2005
"Make sure the most vulnerable people in our society have good quality [healthcare] and make sure it's seamless. Make sure ... it's culturally sensitive, and put our resources strategically into those places."
The University of Miami (which, according to its own Website, charges students about $40,000 annually including tuition, books, meals, and the required insurance) has contracted for cheap labor with UNICCO since 1996. The custodial workers and landscapers employed there are paid the second-least of any workers among the 195 schools surveyed.
Based on an August 3, 2001 study published in theChronicle of Higher Education
Most UNICCO workers at the University of Miami do not have health insurance.
Survey of UNICCO workers by SEIU, confirmed by UNICCO spokesman Doug Bailey
UNICCO workers at UM are paid as low as $6.33 an hour, and pay averages $7.53 an hour.
From pay stubs provided to SEIU by UNICCO workers and confirmed by UNICCO spokesman Doug Bailey