The Boston Globe reports that the Houskeepers traveled to the trustees meeting in New York City with help from the SEIU. Apparently, plenty of scientists who work at Woods Hole in the summer,and donors to research there supported them, too.
The “save money” because the endowment went down reasoning apparently was negated by both the endowments rebound, and the willingness of the Woods Hole Community to support the long time housekeepers some in their 60s.
The dirty little secret really is “there are no unskilled jobs” and having the same houskeeper to meet the needs of the same family for decades has value. Workers are not interchangeable cogs in any enterprise.
Perhaps the largest threat to small “d” democracy in America is the increasing concentration of wealth – and degradation of labor and workers.
This story is one win, however small, for loyalty between workers and management and quality over both bean counting and treating workers as interchangeable cogs. The Boston Herald said it was union support from the SEIU that helped tip the balance. But without the Trustees of Marine Biological Labs listening to their consciences and the housekeepers being willing to stand up and speak out, this story would have had a different ending.