Harvard Club Staff Hold Picket Today

BOSTON, MA—Workers who cook, clean, and serve at the Harvard Club of Boston will picket tonight at the prestigious Club’s Commonwealth Ave location. The Harvard Club has unilaterally changed employees’ health benefit.

“Harvard Club is trying to force me to accept worse health care,” said 10-year employee Reina Serrano. “I’m pregnant with my first child and I’m terribly worried about what will happen to us if Harvard Club gets what they want.”

“Over the years we’ve learned that the Harvard community is thoughtful and compassionate,” said Brian Lang, President of UNITE HERE Local 26, which represents the workers at Harvard Club and at Harvard University.

“We are certain Harvard alumni and future Club members will not accept this mistreatment of the Club’s most valued asset, their employees.”

Employees began negotiating with the Club in June.

What: Employees of private club for Harvard and Ivy League alumni to picket

When: Thursday, October 15, 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Where: Harvard Club of Boston Back Bay, 374 Commonwealth Ave (at Mass Ave)

Who: 100 + Service workers of Harvard club and supporters

Visuals: Workers in server/waitress uniforms chanting, marching, and holding crimson Harvard-themed picket signs
For Immediate Release: October 15, 2015
Contact: Tiffany Ten Eyck, [email protected]