Local 26 dining hall workers at Northeastern University to strike Friday January 20


BOSTON, MA—UNITE HERE Local 26 members who work in food service at Northeastern University announced today they will hold a 1-day strike starting at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 20. Workers will walk off the job to march with students to rallies in Boston during President-Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

The strike is inspired by the guiding principles of Local 26, “Our American Principles,” which includes calls to stand with immigrant families and in support of measures that provide better jobs.

“We call on our country’s leaders to join us and the majority of people who share the values of equality and prosperity for all,” said UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. “There can be no compromise on our values.”

UNITE HERE Local 26 dining hall workers at Harvard held a 3-week strike in October.

What: Food service workers at Northeastern University to strike and join protests during President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration

Who: Northeastern Food service workers joined by students of Northeastern University and other Local 26 members

When: Workers will begin the strike at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 20, 2017 and will resume work on the morning shift Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Where: at Northeastern University with a march to Boston Common and other protest locations throughout the day

Contact: Tiffany Ten Eyck, tteneyck@local26.org, 313-515-1807

Our American Principles

UNITE HERE local 26 is a union of 9,000 working people throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island who hail from all over the world. We call on our employers and the institutions where we work to join us in signing onto this pledge:

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We reconfirm our commitment to diversity and equality for all – a source of strength.

We respect one another’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

We believe that wherever we were born or however we came to America, we all belong here.

We therefore call on our employers to join us in publically demanding that our country’s leaders:

  • Uphold and expand DACA & DAPA to honor immigrant dreamers and their families
  • Make our workplaces sanctuaries for all by keeping ICE out unless they have a warrant
  • Reject registries of people living in the United States
  • Reject efforts to undermine the right to bargain collectively for a livable income

Important Update on the Harvard Strike

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with Harvard University that our Bargaining Committee believes addresses all of the concerns of our more than 700 members on strike. Our strike will continue until all members on strike have a chance to review the agreement and vote to ratify. We will disclose details of the agreement after this vote on Wednesday.” – UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang


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Entering Third Week on Strike, Harvard dining hall workers bring fight to Boston

Entering Third Week on Strike, Harvard dining hall workers bring fight to Boston

Boston City Council will hear resolution in support, while workers ask for donations of diapers and formula and other material assistance

Boston, MA—Harvard’s striking dining hall workers will take their fight out of Cambridge and south of the river into Boston today. Strikers will attend the Boston City Council meeting where Council President Michelle Wu will offer a resolution to support the striking workers.

More than 700 Harvard dining hall workers have been on strike since Oct. 5 to win annual incomes of at least $35,000 a year and to stop Harvard administrators from shifting health care costs onto workers.

A study by the city of Boston on growing income inequality reported nearly half of Boston’s workers made less than $35,000 a year. Half of Harvard’s dining services workers, even though they work for the richest university in the world, earn less than $35,000 a year. Harvard University has a $35 billion endowment and had a $62 million operating surplus at end of the 2015 fiscal year. A $35,000 yearly income represents one-billionth of Harvard’s endowment.

“We expect Harvard to be doing better than the average,” said UNITE HERE President Brian Lang. “Harvard can’t hide behind hourly wages when workers’ annual income puts them at the bottom end of earnings.”

Harvard’s dining hall strike has received national attention in its first two weeks. After Harvard administrators were unwilling to budge last week, striking dining hall workers began reaching out to decision makers at Harvard University, including President Drew Faust and the Harvard Fellows. On Saturday Oct. 22, Harvard dining hall workers are planning a major mobilization rally and march for supporters at Cambridge Common at 3pm.

Harvard dining hall workers are asking supporters to donate to their strike assistance fund so they can support strikers who are under the most financial strain through buying necessary items like diapers, formula, and food.


For immediate Release: October 19, 2016

Contact: tteneyck@local26.org