Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) nearly three-week-long strike may finally be reaching an end, The Harvard Crimson reported.
According to The Crimson, the dining workers’ union, UNITE HERE Local 26, reached a tentative agreement with the school at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday morning, possibly concluding a tense 20-day-long strike that was the culmination of months of failed negotiations between HUDS and the university. The union has been seeking an increase in employee wages as well as the maintenance of current employee health benefits.
“I’m feeling great about it, everything feels good,” HUDS worker William H. Sawyer told The Crimson. “The students and everyone behind us [have] been really inspirational … they kept us up, up, up, up and alive about this.”
Brian Lang, president of UNITE HERE Local 26, remarked to The Crimson that the agreement “accomplished all our goals.” Dining workers will vote to ratify the deal on Wednesday, Oct. 26. According to the union's website, the strike will continue until the agreement is ratified.