This Saturday, Penn dining workers, now Teamsters members, met to ratify their new contract! The contract came after several weeks of negotiating between Bon Appetit and Teamsters members, during which the new Teamsters drove a hard bargain. The new contract includes job security, a schedule for wage increases, more affordable healthcare, and new grievance procedures.
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Penn Student Labor Action Project
Alliance of Penn workers, students win union recognition for Penn dining workers
Second victory after first group of Penn dining workers won union last year
PHILADELPHIA–Earlier this morning the remaining non-unionized dining hall workers at Penn won union recognition after a card check with Bon Appetit Management Company. This victory comes after months of intensive organizing by workers and Penn students involved in the Penn Student Labor Action Project.
Today’s victory is the product of a unique partnership between students and dining hall workers who have come together to demand change on their campus and in their workplace. Using creative tactics and building strong relationships, Penn students and workers built a strong alliance that enabled this victory.
“What has happened today shows that worker and student power is built through relationships, community-building, and a shared vision of a better future” said Eliana Machefsky, a senior at Penn and organizer in the Penn Student Labor Action Project. “When students and workers stand together, real power is built.”
This comes as the second round of union recognition this year. In the spring semester, students in the Penn Student Labor Action Project worked alongside members of the Falk Dining Commons as they went public with their concerns about the workplace and then unanimously voted for union recognition by Teamsters Local 929 last April. The card check this morning formalized Teamsters Local 929 as the union representation for the latest round of workers as well.
|Join the Penn Student Labor Action Project for an afternoon of music and food.
Last year, Penn SLAP and the Kosher Foods Organizing Committee at Falk Dining Commons successfully campaigned to unionize, won recognition, and voted on a union contract. Together we built a Penn community where both workers and students have power!
This afternoon will be an opportunity for students and workers to reflect on the victory and plan for our future.
DATE: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Link to the Facebook event.
Last spring, workers and students on Penn’s campus built a powerful alliance that ended in Falk Dining Commons workers winning a card check agreement and joining Teamsters Local 929. Today, July 16th, is the first day of their contract negotiations. Check out this short video about our campaign.
Dear Allies and Supporters of the Justice on the Menu campaign,
What an amazing and action-packed semester! We in Penn SLAP (Student Labor Action Project) wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support of Penn dining hall workers demanding change.
The mid-March launch of the Justice on the Menu campaign came as the culmination of almost a year and a half of relationship-building, strategizing, and preparation. In less than two months we:
- held a massively successful rally where members of the Penn community came out to support the workers
collected over 1100 signatures on our petition
launched a campaign website
released our first campaign video
supported the Falk Dining Commons workers as they went through a successful unionization process with Teamsters Local 929!
In those few short weeks the workers we have come to know and trust – with great courage – stood up to their employer and demanded justice. Workers and students joined together and successfully took the first steps towards meaningful change.
With new changes coming to Kosher dining at Penn there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty as to what next year will bring. Justice on the Menu is by no means over. We fought hard and the workers successfully unionized under the Teamsters Local 929. Contract negotiations will begin in late May, and Penn SLAP will continue to support the workers’ efforts over the summer.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you, our allies, for helping us win these incredible victories. The hard work is not yet over, and we look forward to continuing to put justice on the menu at Penn next year.
Your Friends at Penn SLAP
Check out the latest DP article, here!
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Penn Student Labor Action Project
4/26/13 – The workers at Penn’s Falk Dining Commons were officially recognized as union members of Teamsters Local 929. Bon Appetit employees Troy Harris and Kareem Wallace met with Bon Appetit Management Company to do a card check, ending the meeting early after the 9th name was read and a majority of worker unionization was determined.
Union contract negotiations will take place in the coming months. Workers and the Penn Student Labor Action Project at the University of Pennsylvania will continue to push for wages and a paid sick leave policy that match that of the contracted dining hall workers at Penn, along with other improvements in working conditions and benefits. “I’m excited, but more so pleased, that we’re finally getting on the right track,” said Rabia Abdul, a worker at Falk Dining Commons.
This economic justice campaign is the product of a unique partnership between students and dining hall workers who have come together to demand change on their campus and in their workplace.
“It has been so exciting to watch the campaign unfold with workers leading the efforts,” said Eliana Machefsky, a junior at Penn. “The workers have put everything on the line for the campaign and their commitment to seeing a victory is palpable.”