“I’m so proud we won consistent raises, immigrant rights, and cheaper health insurance for me and my coworkers,” said negotiating committee member Glenda Navas, a cashier at the university for over 6 years. “And—most importantly—job security!”
Workers went to management at the end of the academic year in 2014 with strong majority support for the Union and demanded recognition. Student and faculty supporters joined the delegation, and union members from around the Puget Sound region helped successfully organize at Seattle U.
“As a student at Seattle U, my greatest sources of pride and commitment to our mission of social justice have been moments like these, when staff and students are able to see a direct impact in our communities,” said Lorena Mendoza-Flores ’15.
“We welcome Seattle University workers to our Union,” said Melody Swett, cocktail server and longtime union member at the Westin Seattle. “Together we can raise the standards for food service workers across the city.”