Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) workers have had numerous strikes over the years and they always enjoy the backing of the student body. Here we go again.
The Harvard Crimson reports:
HUDS Workers Vote to Authorize Strike
Harvard’s dining service employees voted 97 percent in favor of authorizing a strike should the University not comply with their demands of increased minimum salaries and more affordable health care benefits, according to Tiffany Ten Eyck, their union’s spokesperson.
A strike, though, would not be immediate, said Michael Kramer, the lead negotiator for Local 26, the Boston-based bargaining unit that represents HUDS.
“In two weeks, if we haven’t reached a just agreement, our members are ready to strike,” Kramer said, addressing a crowd of workers gathered in front of the Graduate School of Education’s Gutman library Friday morning to announce the results of yesterday’s vote
A total of 609 ballots were cast in Thursday’s vote, with 591 “yes” votes and 18 “no,” Kramer said. Harvard and its dining workers will bargain today, the last negotiation session before the union’s contract expires on Saturday. An additional bargaining session is scheduled for Sept. 27, at which a federal mediator will be present to facilitate the contract talks.
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