The strikers, members of UNITE HERE Local 26, had two key demands: affordable health care and sustainable incomes. Strikers demanded $35,000 a year from the $35 billion dollar institution.
Harvard dining hall workers maintained a strong and united strike for 22 days—more than three weeks. Students, faculty, and alumni rallied around dining hall workers daily, making the campaign hashtag #SupportTheStrike a reality.
The decision to strike was not easy, and being on strike was even harder. The sacrifices we made will never be forgotten. Nor will we forget the power we felt and the community we created as we did what everyone said was impossible.
We are proud to be working people at Harvard University who stood up and led a national conversation on health care and income. We are proud to have made history.
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- Dining Hall Workers Strike at Harvard, Wall Street Journal
- Struggling to Serve at the Nation’s Richest University, New York Times
- Harvard’s Striking Workers Have a Secret Weapon, Slate
Learn more about Local 26 at www.local26.org.