This is a letter by STAND student Liza Alwes explaining the decision of the students camping outside of Ashe to pick up their tents:
As you may have noticed, we have moved the tents from the front of the Ashe Building. We did this in response to a "Dialogue" email sent out [April 26] by President Shalala.
Although the language of the email is subtle, we believe it represents a solid step forward. In reference to options for the union vote process – card check, secret ballot, or a third process – President Shalala writes, "the University will not take a position of endorsing one process over another as to how the contract employees make that determination." President Shalala has not always stuck to total neutrality regarding the different methods of unionization, so we are glad to see a move back in the direction of true neutrality – that is, the willingness to accept any legal method of collective decision for or against unionization. [cont'd in first comment]