On Tuesday, April 24, workers employed by Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality at Chicago State University voted overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE Local 1.
The workers had been organizing for months in advance of the vote. "Winning a voice on the job means a lot to us. My coworkers and I have really come together to form this union because we want better lives for ourselves and our families," said Candice Cain, a member of the organizing committee who led the effort.
The workers had support from Chicago State University students and professors from the beginning. :The food workers are part of the University community. When I found out that they were organizing, I knew that I had to get involved. We are excited to work with them as partners in making Chicago State University a great place for students, staff and faculty," said Pancho McFarland, a leader of the faculty committee.
The new members of UNITE HERE Local 1 will begin bargaining for a first contract as soon as possible.