Three years later, remembering the Leo’s labor union struggle

Tuesday night, students, alumni and workers gathered in the Kennedy Multipurpose Room to discuss the state of labor rights at Georgetown in an event hosted by the Kalmanovitz Initiative. A variety of topics, including the pristine reputation of Epicurean’s managerial staff, were brought up, but there was a definite focus on the unionization of Leo’s […]

Georgetown adjunct professors vote to unionize

This past weekend, Georgetown’s adjunct professors voted in favor of forming a union with the local branch of Service Employees International Union, SEIU Local 500. The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. 311 of the 650 eligible voting members participated in the election, and 72 percent voted in favor of forming a […]

Adjunct professors set to vote on unionization

The Service Employees International Union of the D.C. metro area filed for an election to the National Labor Relations Board in an ongoing effort to form a union of adjunct professors on the hilltop. This motion marks significant progress since Georgetown’s Provost Robert Groves reaffirmed the University’s endorsement of unionization rights of its employees. Now […]

SEIU Local 500 seeks to unionize adjuncts at Georgetown

This semester, Service Employees International Union commenced a unionization campaign with Georgetown’s adjunct professors. Last Friday, Provost Robert Groves sent an email to faculty at Georgetown acknowledging the possibility of unionized adjunct professors and encouraging faculty to report any safety concerns to the Department of Public Safety. “Like representatives of other outside organizations, representatives of SEIU […]

Unionizing Leo’s workers stage demonstration during lunch hour

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. today, Leo’s workers, who are in the process of negotiating a union contract with Aramark, staged a demonstration on the upper floor of the dining hall. Coinciding with chicken-finger Thursdays and a day when Aramark managers are on-site, the unionizing workers demanded a fair contract from their employer. Joined by many members […]

Georgetown Aramark workers’ union certified

A union of Georgetown University’s Aramark workers was officially certified this week, marking the end of nearly two months of negotiations between Aramark, which operates several food service locations at Georgetown, and Unite Here, a union that represents 80,000 foodservice workers nationwide. “The union at Georgetown for its Aramark workers at Leo’s, Starbucks,  Cosi, the […]

BREAKING: Aramark employees at GU plan to unionize

Aramark employees told their management on Feb. 9 that they intend to unionize as a part of Unite Here, a foodservice union. The announcement comes after more than a year of clandestine planning by Aramark workers, who were later joined by Unite Here union organizers and Georgetown students and professors. The unionization effort by the […]

Russell Athletics reverses questionable labor decisions after universities protest

Last year, after protests by Solidarity over alleged violations of workers’ rights in Honduras, Georgetown joined several other universities in dropping its contract with sports gear manufacturer Russell Athletic.  It seems the collective boycott worked: Russell just announced that it will be reversing its questionable labor decisions, according to the Associated Press. At the center […]