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39 Cafeteria Workers join Local 217 in New Haven!

39 Cafeteria Workers join Local 217 in New Haven!

This winter has brought new victories for workers and students in the New Haven public school cafeterias. In December workers overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that paves the way toward fresh cooking. Following that remarkable agreement, cafeteria leaders headed back into negotiations to address staffing concerns. One of the top issues was unfilled vacancies. For… Read more »

Contract settlement a “pathway to cooking” for New Haven cafeteria workers

Contract settlement a “pathway to cooking” for New Haven cafeteria workers

2013 went out with a bang for lunchroom workers across the country!  In Chicago, 97 Chicago Public Schools cafeterias won their jobs back following a semester-long campaign led by workers and allies.  And just before Christmas, New Haven Public School (NHPS) cafeteria workers—members of UNITE HERE Local 217— voted overwhelmingly to ratify both a new… Read more »

97 CPS lunchroom workers headed back to work!

97 CPS lunchroom workers headed back to work!

For two years, lunchroom workers in Chicago Public Schools have led the Let’s Cook campaign to bring more freshly cooked food into their cafeterias.  They celebrated a victory earlier this year when CPS committed to end a program that during the 2012-2013 school year served previously frozen, pre-packaged meals in 25% of schools. In July 2013, CPS announced the layoff of… Read more »

CPS lunchroom workers: Kid-approved fresh food program needs more staff!

CPS lunchroom workers: Kid-approved fresh food program needs more staff!

This summer, Chicago Public Schools took its school food program in an exciting new direction by nearly eliminating frozen, pre-plated meals from its lunchrooms. Yet, just two weeks before launching the program at the start of the school year, CPS also announced the layoff of 200 lunchroom workers.  The results of a survey of 500… Read more »

Philadelphia School District Recalls Nearly All Student Safety Staff

Philadelphia School District Recalls Nearly All Student Safety Staff

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) sent recall letters to 1,136 previously laid off student safety staff Wednesday afternoon. This announcement is a critical step to ensure student safety when schools open on September 9th. The recalls come after the Fast for Safe Schools drew local and national attention to the critical role of student… Read more »

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