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Striking female cafeteria workers appeal to Harvard University’s first female President Drew Faust

Striking female cafeteria workers appeal to Harvard University’s first female President Drew Faust

Holding pictures of their children, striking cafeteria workers will demand Drew Faust help them reach a fair agreement

What: Striking Harvard dining hall workers to protest with pictures of their children in appeal to Harvard University President Drew as she gives a speech to alumni

Who: More than 500 striking Harvard dining hall workers along with students, faculty, and alumni

When: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: 2pm rally at Science Center plaza (1 Oxford St, Cambridge) then 3pm march to Harvard Square

Why:

More than 700 Harvard dining hall workers have been on strike since Oct. 5 for $35,000 a year and to stop the University from making workers pay more for taking their children to the doctor. After failing to reach an agreement with University administrators, dining hall workers are reaching out to Harvard University fellows and top officials to find out who makes the decisions at Harvard.

Today, 500 Harvard dining hall workers will demonstrate holding photos of children who would be impacted by the administration’s decision to pass health care costs onto the shoulders of their low-income parents.

The demonstration will take place as President Drew Faust speaks at an alumni reunion in Harvard’s Science Center. Drew Faust is Harvard University’s first female president. She is a specialist in the history of the South and has written a book on the changing roles of women during the Civil War. In 2014, Forbes ranked President Faust as the 33rd most powerful woman in the world.

Harvard cafeteria workers believe that President Drew Faust is the woman capable of helping them come to an agreement that keeps their health and their families secure.

Visuals: 500+ Harvard workers holding 500 photos of children of strikers, Harvard Square will serve as a backdrop

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For Immediate Release: Friday, October 14, 2016

Contact: Tiffany Ten Eyck, tteneyck@local26.org, 313-515-1807 or Diego Parra, dparra@unitehere.org, 347-749-6113