Almost exactly two years ago, hundreds of dining workers traded in their punch cards for picket signs, walked out of the dining halls and cafes on Harvard’s campus, and launched an historic 22-day strike.
The developments in Boston follow a national-level escalation between UNITE HERE and Marriott that began early last week.
As organizing at Northeastern has progressed, the union's success at Harvard has served as an inspiration.
Harvard’s janitorial staff and security guards rallied Monday afternoon to draw attention to their contract negotiations with the University, marching a week after Harvard's dining services workers ended a historic strike.
After months of tense contract negotiations, Harvard will pay its full-time dining services employees at least $35,000 a year and cover increased copayments until 2021—a settlement that union leaders say satisfy their demands.