A bargaining unit of more than 400 campus dining workers at Northeastern University have voted to form a union, and will join UNITE HERE Local 26. The workers, who are employees of Chartwells, voted overwhelmingly to join the union on April 12 after several months of organizing.
"This is such an exciting victory for all of us at Northeastern," said Angela Bello. "We’ve come together as a union and stood together as a family and it will change our lives. I am excited for us to have a voice at work and the right to negotiate for a better future. There may still be struggles ahead, but I’m confident we can settle a great first contract because we’re organized."
Northeastern students and faculty showed solidarity with the workers’ organizing drive, with over 40 student organizations forming a coalition called Huskies Organizing with Labor (HOWL) to support the workers’ rights to unionize, fair wages and safe working conditions.