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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 »

New Haven Cafeteria Workers Continue Their Campaign for Fresh Food

New Haven Cafeteria Workers Continue Their Campaign for Fresh Food

This past May, cafeteria workers in New Haven released a report: “Healthy Kids First: Why cafeteria workers want to cook fresh meals in New Haven Public Schools!”, which contained heir recommendations to help bring real food back into cafeterias, including a commitment from New Haven Public Schools to avoid replacing cooked food with frozen food and to use… Read more »

Lunchroom Workers to New Haven Public Schools: “Let’s Cook!”

Lunchroom Workers to New Haven Public Schools: “Let’s Cook!”

Today, New Haven Public School (NHPS) cafeteria workers—members of UNITE HERE Local 217—released a report that underscores the need to bring back fresh cooked food to our schools. Entitled “Healthy Kids First: Why cafeteria workers want to cook fresh meals in New Haven Public Schools,” the report is the result of extensive surveys of frontline… Read more »

Food Day at Wesleyan University

Food Day at Wesleyan University

On October 27, Wesleyan students together with Wesleyan food service workers hosted a great Food Day event.  The night kicked off with a panel discussion which included a student, a local farmer, the dining halls’ production manager, and Raquel Baptiste from UNITE HERE Local 217. Each shared stories about their relationships with food – what it means to them, why they work… Read more »

Food Day in New Haven: Success Stories and Plans for the Future

Food Day in New Haven: Success Stories and Plans for the Future

Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools have received national attention for their innovative sustainable food programs. To celebrate Food Day in the Elm City, Yale students, University dining hall staff from UNITE HERE Local 35, and NHPS cafeteria workers from UNITE HERE Local 217 spent Monday assessing how far we’ve come with real… Read more »

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