To the Editor:

After reading about the altruistic activities of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee (“Solidarity Continues to Protest for Contracted Workers’ Rights,” The Hoya, Oct. 22, 2004, A1), I was appalled at the university’s inaction related to contract labor.

Despite the increase in wages to $8.50, Georgetown has still failed to offer affordable health care to contract laborers.

Shouldn’t a Catholic institution built upon Jesuit ideals work to improve the well being of all the members of its community, including contracted laborers?

Isn’t it our obligation as a responsible community to provide health care to those who can’t afford it?

As a Catholic university, Georgetown has a moral obligation to provide health care to all the workers who are providing essential services to the community whether they are contracted or not.

With my experience from growing up on a farm and my nursing background, I can honestly say that if Georgetown doesn’t provide affordable health insurance to contracted laborers, then they are not only being morally irresponsible but they are contributing to the immense problem of the uninsured in America.

Stephen Lewis (NHS ’05)

Oct. 24, 2004

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