(CHICAGO) –On Monday, Chicago State University cafeteria workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1 filed unfair labor practice charges against Thompson Hospitality for repeatedly cancelling negotiations and failing to bargain in good faith. The charges come after months of bargaining.
Earlier this year, dining hall workers unionized in an effort to bring stability and end poverty wages paid to food service employees at the University. While the union has been in contract negotiations with Thompson Hospitality since June, Thompson has cancelled scheduled meetings twice, and its last meeting with workers was on October 16.
“It breaks my heart that the company has forced us into this position. We care about our families, we care about the students we serve,” said Candace Cain, who has worked in the cafeteria for two years.
In response, University cafeteria workers intend to picket on campus and may walk off the job later this week.
UNITE HERE Local 1 represents approximately 15,000 hospitality workers and casino workers in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana.