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Tower Café student workers claim underpayment, Dining Services director pledges investigation

Disclaimer: Austin Clementi is a news editor for the Tufts Daily. He was not involved in the writing or editing of this article. Five Tower Café student workers have not received the compensation that they were promised this semester. Several of them confronted their manager, as well as  Director of Dining and Business Services Patti […]

Controversial incidents prompt student outcry, administration response

After a series of incidents across campus, including eggings and vandalism, stoked controversy among students, senior administration officials responded in a campus-wide email last Friday outlining their support for an accepting campus culture. The incidents mentioned in the email, titled “Affirming our Values and Support for Students,” included a series of eggings that took place […]

Local Stop & Shop workers strike, student activists join pickets

Workers at hundreds of Stop & Shop supermarkets across the Northeast went on strike Thursday. They were joined on picket lines over the weekend by student activists and Tufts Dining workers energized by the recent dining contract campaign. Cathy Curtin, a front-end manager at the Alewife Brook location of Stop & Shop and a strike […]

Lawmakers try again after Monaco-led lobbyists help sink Somerville transparency bill

State Representative Christine Barber has refiled legislation in the current session of the Massachusetts House of Representatives that would allow the City of Somerville to compel Tufts University to provide an institutional master plan outlining its development objectives, after the previous version died in committee without getting a floor vote in spring of 2017. Tufts’ trade group, the Association of Independent […]

A year in the making: Tufts Dining workers unanimously ratify 1st contract

Almost a year since their vote to unionize, Tufts Dining workers voted unanimously yesterday to ratify the tentative agreement negotiated by their union, UNITE HERE Local 26, and the university administration, according to Mike Kramer, Local 26’s lead negotiator. Kramer said that the union was very pleased with the agreement, which will now serve as the […]

Tentative agreement reached in dining negotiations, strike averted

Tufts University dining workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 26, reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations with the university after eight months of talks, lifting the threat of a strike that dining workers voted to authorize two weeks ago. The agreement was announced in a joint statement by the two sides in an email sent to the Tufts community on […]

At rally for dining workers, union, activists tell students of preparations for strike

Student activists and representatives from the Tufts Dining workers’ union updated a standing-room only crowd of students on the state of contract negotiations between the university administration and the workers last night in the Alumnae Lounge. Mike Kramer, the lead negotiator for UNITE HERE Local 26 which represents the dining workers, was blunt about the prospect […]

Dining workers vote resoundingly to authorize strike

As it stands, @TuftsUniversity one of the richest universities in Massachusetts but many of us have to work two jobs or spend nearly half our paycheck on healthcare. This needs to change. #1u #UnbreakableAtTufts — UNITE HERE Local 26 (@UNITEHERE26) March 14, 2019 Dining workers voted to authorize a strike yesterday by a substantial margin […]

More than 800 people attend picket for dining workers, strike vote set for March 14

Editor’s note: This article is an updated version of earlier coverage the Daily ran of the picket. In a dramatic development in their seven-month campaign for a contract with the university, Tufts Dining workers will vote on whether to go on strike on March 14, according to UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. Lang made the […]

Tufts dining workers’ union announces strike vote for March 14

Editor’s note: Read an updated version of this article here. In a dramatic development in their seven-month contract negotiations with the University, Tufts Dining workers will hold a vote on whether to strike on March 14, UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang announced this afternoon. Lang made the announcement during a picket in front […]