Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) passed a resolution Wednesday supporting the College’s wage increase for housekeepers. The resolution was unanimously approved after BSG debated the terms of the resolution, adding an amendment supporting continuing engagement with this issue and removing language about specific wages.
The resolution was passed after a vote on a previous draft was delayed at last week’s session.
BSG hosted two unofficial conversation sessions with housekeepers on Monday and Tuesday. BSG President Ural Mishra said the sessions were intended to inform members’ vote on the resolution.
“[They were held] to gain new perspectives on a conversation that we’ve had, and to see if there was any additional information that we have not yet attained,” Mishra explained.
Director of Student Affairs Nate Hintze and reporters from the Orient were also present at both meetings.
Caroline Poole ’22, who coordinated the meeting, expressed mixed feelings about the realization of the conversation.
“I think that I had a very different idea of what these conversations would look like,” Poole said.
All six housekeepers who returned the Orient’s request for comment said they did not expect any faculty or staff to present.
Housekeeper Beth Icangelo was satisfied with the way the event unfolded.
“I think everybody that went [to the meetings] was open and felt good about it,” Icangelo said.
Wednesday’s assembly session began with public comment time, where Nicholas Bower ’22, among others, addressed the assembly.
“In the face of victory we should give recognition to the groups on campus that fought ardently for this change,” Bower said. “The Bowdoin Labor Alliance, an independent student-led group, put a great deal of effort over the past one-and-a-half years into raising awareness on campus about workers’ insufficient compensation.”
Following public comment time, BSG entered a 37-minute executive session, during which seven members of the public, three Orient members and Mike Ranen, associate dean of student affairs and director of residential and student life, and advisor to BSG, were asked to leave the room until the executive session concluded.