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 […]

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 […]

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 pic.twitter.com/Nj8XD7vmax — 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 […]

Editorial: Students should join workers in action for a fair contract

Last spring, Tufts Dining workers voted to unionize with nearly 90 percent of ballots in favor of joining UNITE HERE Local 26. Negotiations for a contract started in August, but the school has not agreed to many of the terms set forth by the workers. Employees and activists have found that the university is unresponsive to or […]

Dining workers criticize state of contract negotiations at community meeting

Dining workers and student activists rallied support for UNITE HERE Local 26, the union which represents dining workers, in their contract negotiations with the university last night in Pearson 104. Speakers repeatedly criticized how the university administration has handled the talks. Negotiations will go into their 11th round next Wednesday, according to Tufts’ Executive Director of Public Relations Patrick Collins.  The […]

Looking Out: Selfishness Won’t Save Us

Last semester, I went to an event at Oxford organized by The Economist called “The Future of Work.” This title has become shorthand for nebulous concepts such as “the AI/Automation revolution” and how they might lead to a mass chronic unemployment in the near future. I have had a keen interest in this for a couple years […]

Tufts avoids NLRB hearing through agreement on schedule changes with facilities workers’ union

Tufts University and 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the union representing facilities workers, finally reached an agreement regarding an unpopular schedule change. The agreement, which was made on Feb. 8, avoided a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing of the unfair labor practices charge the union filed, according to Eugenio Villasante, SEIU’s regional communications manager. In […]

Facilities workers union files charges against university, claims workers’ rights violated

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ New England District has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Tufts University with the National Board of Labor Relations following the university’s introduction of schedule changes set to be implemented on Sept. 5. The union is arguing that the university has failed to bargain appropriately about changes to facility workers’ schedules, […]