Reposted from Workers for Justice. We have been organizing with dining hall workers at Pomona, and we continue to stand in solidarity with Pomona workers, students, faculty, and neighbors building a just community rooted in Pomona College’s historic values
Last week, Pomona dining hall workers filed for a National Labor Relations Board election. Last week UNITE HERE reached out to Pomona College President Oxtoby and asked him to meet with us about conditions under which an election would take place. The workers and the union are committed to completing an election by the end of the school year, and hope the college does not act to delay the vote in any way.
Since workers first asked the college for a fair process to organize over three years ago, they have been through a lot—they’ve filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board and Cal/OSHA, held inspiring protests, and took the dining hall to the streets with 800 allies a year ago. They also saw the college fire 16 of their coworkers after investigating their immigration paperwork. Since workers at Pomona started their campaign three years ago, workers at 18 other college and university cafeterias have won union representation with UNITE HERE. It’s time that Pomona workers had the opportunity to decide. Right now, Pomona dining workers are stronger than ever and want to have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to join the union. Workers are ready to make this decision before the end of the semester and hope the college does not delay the vote. The support of the community will be critical to making sure the administration doesn’t do anything to delay or interfere with the vote—check back here for updates in the coming weeks.