A delegation of over 50 New Haven school cafeteria workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 217, visited the office of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. on September 7 to submit a petition signed by an overwhelming majority of their coworkers, calling on the city to negotiate a fair contract that preserves workers’ benefits.
Nearly 200 New Haven cafeteria workers are negotiating a new contract with the New Haven Board of Education, after their previous contract expired at the end of June.
"We’re among the lowest-paid city employees, so our health benefits are very important to us," says Cathy Rubano, a cook who’s worked in the schools for 19 years. "This matters a lot to our families."
"We deserve a fair contract," says Cheryl Barbara, a cook with 22 years of service. "We work hard to take care of the kids in our city, and we should be treated with respect."