Northeastern Disorientation

Building Student-Worker Power

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Contributed by the Northeastern Progressive Student Alliance (PSA)

Northeastern University’s Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) has been fighting for social and economic justice for workers on campus and around the globe since 2008. While our organization primarily focuses on workers’ rights, we understand that all oppression is connected. PSA values collective liberation – we strive to build relationships with other grassroots movements because we believe the student-labor solidarity movement is part of a larger struggle for global justice. Whether supporting service workers on our campus or factory workers making Northeastern apparel around the world, PSA is committed to making real and tangible change. Check out our past campaigns below!

  • 2016 – 2017 Just Cut It

PSA fought for Northeastern to end their relationship with Nike in response to the company’s workers rights abuses and refusal to allow the Workers Rights Consortium to inspect their collegiate apparel factories.

  • 2012 – 2016 Adjunct Faculty Unite!

PSA members formed the Empower Adjuncts Community Coalition to support Northeastern adjunct professors in their call for fair pay, benefits, and job security.

  • ~2013 BADidas

PSA pressured Northeastern to end its contract with Adidas after the company refused to pay over 2,800 Indonesian factory workers their legally mandated severance packages.

  • 2011-2012 Dining Hall Workers Unite!

PSA members launched the Huskies Organizing With Labor (HOWL) coalition to fight for a fair contract for Northeastern’s dining hall workers. (See HOWL’s article for more info)

  • ~2008 Justice for Janitors

PSA began as a coalition of students supporting Northeastern janitors’ call for a union, fair wages, and health benefits.

PSA is a local chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), a student-labor solidarity organization fighting for workers’ rights on over 150 campuses nationwide. Since 1997, USAS has won precedent-setting local and nationally-coordinated campaigns for economic justice in partnership with worker and community organizations. For more information, visit

To learn more about PSA and how you can get involved, visit our Facebook page or e-mail us at!