After months of organizing and building campus solidarity, workers at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management have successfully joined UNITE HERE Local 1! The roughly 130 workers provide a variety of services – from cooking meals to setting up meeting spaces and cleaning hotel rooms – for guests at Kellogg’s premier conference center and food court in Evanston, IL. Kellogg School of Management is recognized as one of the best business schools in the nation.
"I feel very excited,” said Dorla Strozier, a member of the organizing committee who has worked on the conference center’s wait staff for 10 years. "We haven’t even signed a contract and already we can feel how great it is to all be together in the union."
The workers had the support of students and faculty throughout their effort. "It was incredible. It was amazing to see all the workers standing up for themselves after being quiet for so long. I feel like it’s something the whole Northwestern community can be proud of," said Alex Glancy, a junior in Northwestern’s undergraduate program.
The Kellogg School of Management workers, employees of ARAMARK, join over 200 UNITE HERE Local 1 members who work for Sodexo in Northwestern University’s undergraduate dining halls and student centers. UNITE HERE Local 1 also represents food workers at Loyola University, DePaul University, Chicago State University, Chicago City Colleges and Dominican University.