This month over 70 workers at Curry College in Milton, MA joined the New England Joint Board after an overwhelming vote in favor of joining the union. The 70 workers work for Sodexo at Curry College serve faculty, staff and students in the college’s cafeterias and dining halls. Organizing began in the spring when workers presented a petition to the company calling for a fair process to determine union representation. Over the ensuing months Curry College workers joined student and faculty allies in calling for a fair process. Curry workers led the nationwide fight in restoring health insurance benefits which Sodexo had cut. Travelling to Washington, DC, workers called on congress to close the Sodexo loophole that allows companies to cut benefits while blaming the Affordable Care Act. Because of the courage and leadership of the Curry workers Sodexo reversed its decision and thousands of workers regained vital benefits.
The workers, having supported their brothers and sisters in contract negotiations at Providence College, UMass Boston and elsewhere, are excited to begin the process of negotiating their own contract as UNITE HERE members. Congratulations to Curry College workers and welcome to our union!