Among the millions of low-wage workers across the country calling for better wages, UNITE HERE food service workers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles recently brought new energy to their efforts to earn a dignified living.
On December 11, cooks, cashiers, baristas, and other campus food service workers authorized a strike by 88 percent. The Local 11 members are seeking a raise to $15 an hour over the new contract term.
According to USC, the average yearly wage for its hospitality workers is $18,895. The largest private university in the state, USC has an endowment of $3.9 billion dollars. You can read more about the action on campus in the student newspaper, The Daily Trojan. Or read the press release about the strike authorization vote.