Rudolph Redux: Solidarity sings revamped Christmas carols for DPS pay raise

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“O come let us demand now, O come let us demand now, O come let us demand now that DPS get fair pay!”

That’s something you may have heard sung by members of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee if you happened to be walking through Red Square on Wednesday afternoon. The line—sung, you may have guessed, to the tune of “O Come All Ye Faithful”—is from one of five songs that members of Solidarity wrote to the tune of popular Christmas carols, demanding a wage increase for Department of Public Safety officers.

The group is currently in the middle of a campaign to get the University to agree to a pay raise for Department of Public Safety officers as Georgetown negotiates with the Allied International Union. So far, Solidarity members have written an open letter to President John DeGioia demanding the wage increase and have held at least one rally.

Now, they’re singing.

Several of the songs demonize Senior Vice President Spiros Dimolitsas, like this one, sung to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”:

Spiros, our senior vice president
Had a very pointy schnoz (Like Pinnochio)
Grew every time he spoke of
Supporting the workers’ cause (What a hypocrite!)

All of the other admin
liked what they were being paid (A whole lot!)
They never let DPS officers
Make what they deserve each day (Like a living wage!)

Then one sunny autumn day
The workers had their say: (Rise up!)
“Spiros with your cufflinks bright,
Give us what we’re owed tonight!”

All of the students joined them
And they shouted out with glee: (Solidarity!)
“Spiros, our senior vice president
Don’t be such a bourgeoisie!” (PAY YOUR WORKERS)

Solidarity is known for staging high-profile campaigns for their various social justice causes (such as fasting until Georgetown janitors were given raises and trespassing on military bases during anti-military rallies). But after the jump, you’ll find there’s nothing quite like hearing GSC promise that “Worker power’s comin’ to town.”

To the tune of “O Come All Ye Faithful”

O come all ye students,
Gather all ye round now,
Hear how dear Spiros treats,
The DPS community.
De-ny-ing them wages,
Holding back their pay raise,

O come let us demand now,
O come let us demand now,
O come let us demand now that
DPS get fair pay!

Shout, student allies,
Stand now with the union,
Let our voices ring from Lau to Leavey!
Raise up your fist, now, march in solidarity.

O come let us demand now,
O come let us demand now,
O come let us demand now that
DPS get fair pay!

To the tune of “The First Noel”

The first go ’round, the Admin did say
Was to certain their workers would not get fair pay.
Withold their funds,
Clutching gree-dil-ly
at the millions of dollars
they have in their keep.

“No-raise, no-raise, no-raise, no-raise”
Spiros sings sweetly, denies DPS fair pay.

They look-ed up, and saw with great fright
Students and workers demanding their rights.
And to this end, we put up a fight,
And so it continues both day and night.

No-raise, no-raise, no-raise, no-raise,
We think that’s bullshit, now give DPS fair pay

And fin-nally, because they were scared
The admin they realized they had to be square,
Admit that they, have the funds to allot
A fair wage for officers; to ex-ploit them not.

Pay-raise, pay-raise, pay-raise, pay-raise
Workers and students will win DPS’ fair wage!

To the tune of “Here comes Santa Claus”

Here comes Spiros, here comes Spiros
In his Mercedes-Benz,
Mary-Anne and Rocky and all his cronies
On them he can depend

To withold wages
Slash DPS raises
Oh what a terrible sight!
Jump in bed, cover up your head
Cause Spiros is comin’ tonight. “HELL NO!”

Here come workers, here come students
Demanding DPS’ fair pay.
Degoia makes half a million dollars,
We’ve got something to say:

Don’t be greedy
Or misleading
You have got the dough!
You can’t hide it, you can’t fight it,
Power from below! “HELL YEAH!”

To the Tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

You better not cheat,
You better not lie,
You better give in
I’m tellin’ you why:
Worker power’s comin’ to town.

We’re shakin’ it up,
We have some advice:
This pay rate will not suffice.
Student power’s comin’ to town.

We see you when you’re greedy,
We know you’re being fake,
We know you have the money,
So pay up for goodness sake.

You better not cheat,
You better not lie,
You better give in,
I’m tellin’ you why:
Worker power’s comin’ to town.

To the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Spiros, our senior vice president
had a very pointy schnoz (Like Pinnochio)
Grew every time he spoke of
Supporting the workers’ cause (What a hypocrite!)

All of the other admin
liked what they were being paid (A whole lot!)
They never let DPS officers
Make what they deserve each day (Like a living wage!)

Then one sunny autumn day
The workers had their say: (Rise up!)
“Spiros with your cufflinks bright,
Give us what we’re owed tonight!”

All of the students joined them
And they shouted out with glee: (Solidarity!)
“Spiros, our senior vice president
Don’t be such a bourgeoisie!” (PAY YOUR WORKERS)

Lyrics provided by Joe Parker (SFS ’10)

Photo by Helen Burton

18 Comments on “Rudolph Redux: Solidarity sings revamped Christmas carols for DPS pay raise

  1. Oh crap! Solidarity has finally uncovered Spiros’ and my plot to keep DPS officers poor.

    That’s right, we have personally made the decision to not pay a living wage. It’s not that we don’t have it, it’s not that there are other considerations, it’s just that I love it when folks are poor. I’d make everyone else poor if I could. Especially people who work at my University. Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor.

    I’m trying to make your folks poor too. That’s why I make tuition and room and board every year. Why do you think they call it “jacking” it up?

    I mean, let me get this straight… you pay too much in room and board, you don’t like high tuition, AND you want me to pay people more? That’s, like, 2 things that would let other people keep money. I don’t even want the money, I just don’t want you to have it.

    Now excuse me while I swim in the Scrooge McDuck-style pool of gold coins hidden in the old Jes Res.

  2. On a related note, I’m looking for a work-study lifeguard for said pool. $7.25/hr!

  3. These people should go to hell. They are the worst group of self-righteous morons on a campus that tends to not lack in the self-righteousness department. Like honestly, Che Guevara is dead folks, get on with your lives.

  4. These are the same kids who bitch when tuition goes up. Hypocrites. I bet their mommies and daddies dropped them off at Georgetown in a Mercedes, BMW or other luxury SUV that gets about 2 mpg.

    Also, DPS officers are far less qualified than other police officers in other DC area schools, hence the lower pay. Other schools have legitimate cops as their campus police, DPS are glorified mall cops/rent-a-cops.

  5. Joe:

    Making generalizations about students is a poor way of arguing your point. Many members of GSC come from working class backgrounds, myself included. Not that you’d have any idea of what it means to be working class, coming from a wealthy suburban family where spoiling children in the norm. Oops, generalizing is a bitch, ain’t it?

    And while GSC certainly has to deal with the issue of self-righteousness and privilege, I’d much rather see students taking action in support of workers than sitting at their desks and typing away while doing little to better the conditions of campus employees.

    And I’m glad you appreciate our “mall cops”, considering they are enforcing YOUR safety on campus. Especially since you’re just a spoiled kid who is only enrolled because your parents donated money to the school. See, anybody can throw out asinine accusations and name-call these days!

  6. Yeah, they enforced our safety real well when they released those kids who trespassed into McCarthy and burglarized several rooms.

  7. @Chris Heller… YES! I believe my original posting clearly stated that. Doing my work-study jobs isn’t like my ethics and global development class… you actually have to read if i’m going to pay you.

  8. First of all, I don’t think it’s fair to insult DPS. Every experience I’ve had with them has been pleasant. Therefore, I actually support a raise in their pay, I feel like they deserve it, and I think they really do care for the students. However, I think GSC is an inherently toxic organization that has no place in American society, nevermind Georgetown. They use rhetoric to stir up animosity between classes so they can feel important. Frankly, the United States isn’t really a country where this kind of politics can really thrive. I wish GSC realized how irrelevant, idiotic, and obnoxious they actually are.

  9. My personal experiences with DPS have been almost entirely negative. I have found DPS unresponsive, unhelpful, and found them to treat students more as the enemy than a group they’re supposed to protect. I don’t think they deserve a raise based on their performance.

  10. Common Sense:

    Your perceptions of GSC’s intentions are clearly misguided, and based on some false, stereotyped notions of student activists. Please, come to one of our meetings; we’d be more than happy to enlighten you on the principles behind our organization as well as introduce you to some members so you can get a better sense of who we really are. We meet Mondays, at 9:00 PM (2nd Floor of WGR, look for the cool kids). For the most part, GSC activists truly believe in promoting social justice and structural change. Very rarely do we do anything to “feel important”, which you would understand if you had actually taken the time to get to know some of us.

    And explain to me why “this kind of politics” can’t thrive in the US. I hope you aren’t suggesting that concepts such as fair wages and the right to organize are wrong. That’s pretty much what we (as well as the Catholic church) are involved in.

  11. @ Common Sense: As a member of GSC, I’d love to sit down with you over coffee and discuss why I dedicate so much of my time to the group. It seems like face to face dialogue around the issues you raised could be really constructive. Unfortunately, I don’t know your real name. If you’re interested, look me up on Facebook – I’m class of ’10.

  12. I feel little sympathy for anybody currently looking for a raise, especially considering the economic climate and double digit unemployment. I do not have a problem with DPS as an organization, but I do not think they merit a wage increase, specifically to the level of other higher trained and more effective police organizations.

    While I do admit that GSC is very passionate about the cause they support, I find it misguided at best. @Shackleford said their mission is to promote social justice and structural change, and then compares this to the efforts of the Catholic Church. Nobody is going to argue against promoting social justice; however, the promoting structural change part is where it all falls apart, along with the general inflammatory attitude of GSC. From all evidence I’ve seen, they believe most large corporations and the concept of free market capitalism are evil. Evidence of this includes a prominent GSC member making a huge scene in an economics class I was in, insulting the professor (Rodgers), and being tossed from class a few years ago.

    The views and tactics of GSC are off the reservation. It’s a shame they can’t visit Cuba and see how well structural change worked out for most people there.

  13. Joe:

    Sure, some GSC activists probably have socialist leanings. Does that discredit everything we try to do? And please stop pulling straw men arguments out of your ass like we “believe most large corporations and the concept of free market capitalism are evil.” If you’re not willing to actually take some time and learn a little about what you’re criticizing, then I don’t see why you should be commenting.

    It’s also funny how you assume GSC supports state communism in Cuba. Do you really think structural change is such a narrow concept that it can only refer to transitions to communism?

  14. when you crashed a recruiting event on campus? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd_1Od5hTjw The purpose is of GSC is to support workers’ rights on campus and those associated with Georgetown, not take away opportunities from Georgetown students trying to find a job.

  15. GSC treats GU as if it’s running a sweatshop. Of course, arguments can be made against most employers that they could do more or that they treat higher level employees better than lower leve. And, certainly a better starting wage for DPS to be competitive with peers (ie unarmed University police officers) is a good (and smart) idea. But acting as if GU is an evil employer, as if GU denies good health benefits, retirement plans, and leave time is not only outrageous, it’s a lie. GSC seems to confuse a fair STARTING wage for DPS to be competitive (good idea) with a large increase for all current employees (not a good idea). New and recently hired people should get a competitive wage. Longer standing employees should get a reasonable increase in line with peers and in light of the economy. If someone has worked here for 10 years, they shouldn’t complain that other places pay more. If that’s true, then leave and go to that other place. They don’t because it’s not true. The “other” place may pay more to starting workers, but someone who has worked here for 10 years isn’t going to make more somewhere else.

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