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Food service workers at Lesley University in Cambridge have ratified their first union contract, which ups their wages by about $1.30 an hour in the first year and $3.40 over three years. Currently, the 85 cooks, dishwashers, servers, and cashiers make $12 an hour on average.
The contract also cuts workers’ health insurance premiums in half and doubles the number of annual paid sick days, to six.
The workers, who are employed by the contractor Bon Appetit Management Company, join 800 other cafeteria workers from Northeastern University, Harvard Law School and other local colleges who have joined the hospitality workers’ union Unite Here Local 26 over the past two years.