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On Thursday, April 14 at 5:50 PM, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be taking action at the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence (PAR) dining hall to educate students on, and show support for, the Union of University Food and Building Service Workers’ (SEIU Local 73, Chapter 119) 8-month struggle to negotiate a fair contract. The action will momentarily disrupt dining hall service to demonstrate how the administration’s refusal to negotiate a fair contract with food and building service workers may soon result in a long-term disruption of dining hall service.
Earlier this year 98% of food service workers and 94% of building service workers authorized a strike. That strike is poised to begin Monday, April 18, should the university’s administration fail to negotiate a contract.
Following the action, the Undergraduate-Graduate Alliance (U.G.A.) will hold a meeting at 7:00 PM in Florida Avenue Residence (FAR) Oglesby Lounge to inform students about the pending strike, how it will affect students living in the residence halls, and how students can support food and building service workers.
The Undergraduate-Graduate Alliance is an alliance of students and registered student organizations brought together in early November 2009 to support the Graduate Employees’ Organization (G.E.O.) in their contract negotiations and strike.