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USC Workers

November 29, 1998

I am writing in response to the report of the recent fast by USC food service and housing workers (Nov. 19), and to present a community view of this labor dispute.

The primary issue here is how USC characterizes job security and stability issues as a minor aspect of working conditions. USC is the largest employer in our community. Unstable and insecure employment conditions there will lead to unstable and insecure community conditions. It is that simple.

Many of the USC workers who participated in the fast live in our neighborhood, attend our churches and have children who go to school with our children. The clergy, students, neighborhood residents and community leaders who comprise the Coalition for a Responsible USC know these workers. We care about their futures and are concerned about them.

We must not underestimate the wrenching impact which a community experiences when an employer withdraws its commitment from its employees.

GILDA HAAS, Coalition for a Responsible USC, Los Angeles

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