Early in the morning of October 25th the Harvard University dining hall workers reached a tentative agreement with the university administration. The victory came after the dining service workers struck for twenty-one days. Workers picketed, marched, rallied and took arrests in acts of civil disobedience. The strike came to a close after a massive student walk out and an 8 hour sit-in of the human resources building.
On Wednesday, workers overwhelmingly voted yes on the collective bargaining agreement, and their final demands have been met:
- Workers will not be forced to bear the burden of increased health care costs. They will maintain high quality, affordable health insurance.
- All workers willing to work full time will be guaranteed $35,000 per year. This includes guaranteed income during the summer months when many workers are without work and do not have access to unemployment.
“I can report, coming out of our contract ratification meeting, that we achieved every goal without exception,” Brian Lang, Local 26 president, said. “It’s a testament to when working-class people make a decision to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘Enough is enough, and we’re not gonna take it anymore.’”