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News :: Education : Human Rights : Labor
Harvard Dining Hall Strike Gathering Momentum
13 Oct 2016
Modified: 09:03:41 PM
Harvard's dining hall workers have been on strike for a week, demanding a living wage and affordable health care. Harvard is attempting to fill the void with a combination of cafeteria managers and volunteer scabs, few of whom have any practical food service experience. The results have been predictably unappetizing.
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Undercooked and insect-ridden food served by strikebreakers at Harvard
Via their Facebook page, Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement is displaying pictures and reports of raw and undercooked food, sometimes laced with foil or other contaminants. SLAM is also supporting the striking workers by feeding them as they stand on the picket line.

The strikers are represented by Local 26 of Unite Here. According to an email being circulated by supporters, Local 26 has set up a fund "...dedicated to providing material support for workers on strike. Funds go towards workers' groceries, diapers, utility bills, mortgage payments, rent, car payments, etc." Readers are urged to donate to the strike fund.

The Harvard Crimson has reported that the university administration sent out a campus-wide email calling for unpaid volunteers to work in the dining halls, an apparently unusual step for an institution with an endowment of over 35 billion dollars. However, Harvard has a history of unfair employment practices and mistreatment of workers. Boston IMC has reported previously on the case of Ravi Raj, a former Harvard IT employee who was subjected to racial slurs by his supervisors and fired when he filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In summer of last year Harvard unjustly fired three long time clerical workers.

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