On Thursday, February 16 food service workers at Cranston Public Schools voted 55-18 to join UNITE HERE Local 26. Workers hope to begin negotiating a first contract with Aramark, the company that manages Cranston Public Schools food service operations, as soon as possible.
The main concerns that led to the unionization vote are job security, higher wages, and health insurance. On January 31, 2017 workers filed for a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election to decide on whether or not to join the union.
“We are thrilled to win our union today,” said Pat Pashalain, a food service worker at Cranston West High School. “We all feel a sense of security in our jobs now and we know our working conditions will get better.”
“We welcome Cranston school food service workers into our union,” said Brian Lang, President of UNITE HERE Local 26. “They have modeled one of our most important values: through organizing and sticking together you can change things.”