The Cambridge City Council unanimously voiced their support for Harvard University Dining Services workers’ intent to strike and delivered biting criticism of the Harvard administration in a vote Monday evening.
With the tragic closure of Greenhouse Cafe last spring, Harvard students are on the hunt for another venue where they can satiate their appetites in between classes. Because we’re just as desperate for a new place to waste our board plus, Flyby sampled the fare at the Barker Center cafe.
A debate between Harvard and its dining workers over a new contract deepened when four Harvard Medical School students penned an analysis denouncing the health benefits package the University proposed to HUDS workers in June.
Members of the undergraduate group Student Labor Action Movement and several Harvard University Dining Services employees made speeches and held informational sessions in three College dining halls.
Last week, Harvard’s dining hall workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike after more than three months of stagnant contract talks. But this is not the first time UNITE HERE Local 26, the union that represents HUDS employees, has brandished the threat of a strike in the face of static negotiations.
When the Harvard University Dining Services workers announced earlier this month that they were considering a strike during their contract negotiations with the University, a now-familiar refrain emerged: If Harvard can invest and raise billions of dollars every year, why can’t it pay its workers more?
Harvard’s dining services workers were leaning toward an “overwhelming yes vote” Thursday night in a decision on whether to authorize a strike. The results of the vote will be announced Friday morning.