The cooks, cashiers, dishwashers and others working in the Senate Cafeteria have finally secured their first union contract – complete with living wages (starting at $20/hour) and affordable family health care. Banquet Server Paulo Pizarro said:
I just went from paying $120 per week on health insurance to $7 per week—and there’s no deductible. It is such an incredible feeling to know that it was me and my coworkers that won this. It feels so great to know that this whole fight was worth it in the end.
The union contract also gives workers a grievance procedure to settle future disputes, paid time off to vote, immigration protections and more.
The Catholic Labor Network has been accompanying the Senate Cafeteria workers on their march toward justice for more than a year. Read more