Food Workers at Butler University join UNITE HERE
January 15, 2013
Despite Indiana's "Right to Work" law, momentum continues in Indianapolis
[Indianapolis IN] Last week, campus food workers at Butler University became the newest members of UNITE HERE, a union representing hospitality workers in Indianapolis and throughout North America. As employees of ARAMARK, the workers cook and serve students in Butler's three main dining halls, as well as the campus Starbucks and juice bar Zia.
"A lot of my family members have worked union jobs, and they had affordable health care, workplace protections, good retirement plans, and they were treated with respect," said 27-year cafeteria employee Rebecca Bradley. "We love working at Butler and serving the students, and we look forward to bargaining our own union contract."
Rebecca and her coworkers began organizing last year with the support of faculty, students and community allies. They now join a growing movement of university and service workers in Indianapolis who have been organizing over the last few years to improve their working conditions. Campus and food service workers at IUPUI, Marian University and the Indianapolis airport have previously chosen to form a union with UNITE HERE.