He works as a Senior Outreach Assistant, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
Tufts University - Bachelor’s Degree Field Of Study Philosophy 2006 – 2010.
Fall 2007: Seeing a need to overcome language and cultural barriers between students and janitors at Tufts in order to build a stronger community, junior Kevin Dillon founds the Jumbo Janitor Alliance. Dillon and sophomore Emma Mayerson, the first co-chairs of JJA, along with sophomore Maxwell Goldman as secretary and treasurer, being intensive recruitment to build a successful, long-lasting student group. From the start, JJA focuses on community-building initiatives, aiming to be inclusive of the entire Tufts community, including the janitors' employer, One Source, and the Tufts Adminstration.
According to the Tufts Daily, A student organization founded 2007 at Tufts University to promote support for Tufts’ janitors, the Jumbo Janitor Alliance (JJA), says it had a significant impact in determining the outcome of this summer’s contract negotiations between Tufts’ janitors and their employer, American Building Maintenance (ABM) Industries.
The JJA held rallies and protests on campus last school year and continued its advocacy over the summer. The group’s former co-chair, senior Kevin Dillon, claimed that Tufts purposely scheduled negotiations during the summer to avoid pressure from the students.
But students and janitors, organized by the labor union SEIU Local 615, held a rally in Davis Square on June 10 that drew press coverage from the Somerville Journal. The protesters went so far as to block traffic, delaying motorists and leading some drivers to use profanity.
“Sometimes people just don’t get it; we’ve impeded their right to drive for a minute,” JJA Secretary and Treasurer Maxwell Goldman, a junior, told the Daily. “I think it was a really good idea because it got our point across.”
The alliance also enlisted the aid of Somerville Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, who got involved after looking at how the wages Tufts janitors earn relative to the endowment of the university compare with those of neighboring schools. Before the new contract was ratified on Aug. 11, all Tufts janitors earned $13.85 an hour. Tufts’ endowment is approximately $1.5 billion.
Gewirtz helped the alliance tweak a resolution supporting the janitors and then submitted it at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen. Gewirtz said another alderman objected to it on grounds of irrelevance, so the resolution was tabled.
“Obviously with the actual ratification vote, you can see that our members were very much happy with the results of the negotiations,” SEIU Local 615 representative Roxanna Rivera said. “[The new contract] was ratified overwhelmingly by the membership.”
Dillon and Goldman both agree that the new contract is a success for the janitors and the JJA. “We won a lot of the major things that the workers wanted to see taken care of,” Goldman said.
- Maxwell Goldman of CT teaching a mini workshop during the convention.
- Field Director, Friends of Elizabeth Esty, September 2016 – Nov 2016.
- Senior Outreach Assistant, United States Senate Sep 2016, Hartford, Connecticut.
- Outreach Assistant, United States Senate, Jan 2013 – Jan 2016, Hartford, Connecticut.
- Field Organizer, Chris Murphy for U.S. Senate, Apr 2012 – Nov 2012. New London, CT.
- Organizer, SEIU 1199NE, Jan 2011 – Mar 2012.
- Field Organizer, Dan Malloy for Governor, Jun 2010 – Nov 2010, New London, CT.