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NU food service workers reach tentative contract

Terms of the deal haven't been announced.

NU food service workers protested on campus on June 3, 2021.

A possible strike by 400 food service workers at Northwestern University has apparently been averted.

A spokesperson for UNITE HERE Local 1, the union which represents those workers, tells Evanston Now a tentative contract agreement was reached Wednesday night.

Terms will be revealed when the workers vote on the deal, at a date to be announced.

The dining hall, conference center and sports events concession staffers do not work directly for the university, but rather are employed by a contractor, Compass Group.

Earlier this month, student supporters of the union put together picket signs, and a union representative said a walkout could come at any time.

If the tentative deal is ratified, the strike threat goes away.

The food service workers have not had a raise since 2019, and have been negotiating for a new contract since then.

The union says its average NU food service employee makes less than $28,000 a year.

The company had said it was offering a $2 per hour raise, although it’s unknown if that amount is in the tentative agreement.

Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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