March 23, 2020
MIT has announced it will provide funding for continued wages and benefits for contract Institute dining workers from two companies, Bon Appetit and Restaurant Associates.
March 25, 2020
MIT has announced it will provide funding for continued wages and benefits for contract Institute dining workers from two companies, Bon Appetit and Restaurant Associates. This funding supports more than 225 workers who were subject to layoffs. Hourly workers from both companies are members of UNITE HERE Local 26.
"UNITE HERE Local 26 commends MIT for making the right decision for its dining hall workers and the public at large," said UNITE HERE Local 26 incoming President Carlos Aramayo. "Nothing can reopen until we tackle this public health crisis head-on. Paying workers who are staying at home to help solve this crisis helps ensure no one has to face unnecessary financial burdens during this already difficult time."
Bon Appetit workers support Bosworth’s, Café 4, Forbes, Koch, and Steam cafes on campus, as well as house dining. Restaurant Associates workers support the Samberg Conference Center, Sloan Executive Education, and the 100 Main Street Café.
Through this agreement, all workers at MIT from both companies will receive their usual pay and benefits through the end of the spring term on May 22. Management staff of both companies—including chefs and managers—will also retain their wages and benefits for the same time period. Some Bon Appetit staff members will continue to work in house dining, supporting students who remain on campus.