Student Government Agrees: Now is the Time to Drop Daycon

Students rally outside McKeldin library to call upon Loh to Drop Daycon

Students rally outside McKeldin library to call upon Loh to Drop Daycon

On Wednesday, the Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution calling on President Loh to immediately terminate the University’s contract with Daycon.  Before the vote, Doug Webber from Teamsters Local 639 explained Daycon’s abuses to the legislators and student audience.  Also, four Daycon workers came to speak to body, telling students about their difficulty in paying for essential medicines since Daycon has refused to allow them back to work.

The Student Government Association represents more than 25,000 undergraduate students.  The SGA joins a growing coalition of student groups that are calling on President Loh to immediately terminate the contract with Daycon.  Hundreds of students have written letters to President Loh and signed a petition indicating their support for cutting the contract with Daycon.

President Loh has responded to student calls to drop Daycon by claiming that terminating the Daycon contract would violate the 14th amendment of the Constitution. Feminism Without Borders has since obtained a copy of the Daycon contract.  The contract, signed by Daycon and the University of Maryland, contains a “Termination for Convenience” clause, which permits the University to terminate the contract “whenever the University shall determine that such termination is in the best interest of the University or the State.”   After looking at this clause, all members of the SGA were convinced that terminating the contract with Daycon would not violate the constitution or pose any sort of legal threat to the University.

On April 4th, student organizations of the Drop Daycon Coalition will host community forum, where Daycon workers will speak about their personal experiences on strike.  The event will be held at 7pm in 2206 Jimenez.

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