The event took place on the 69th anniversary of the first union strike at Yale.
The Federation of University Employees, in affiliation with UNITE HERE, represents workers at Yale University in three organizations. Local 34 represents more than 3400 clerical and technical employees at Yale. Local 35 is the union of over 1200 service and maintenance workers at Yale. GESO, the Graduate Employees and Students Organization, work to improve the working conditions and benefits for graduate students and employees at Yale, while seeking formal union recognition from the University.
UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry and airport industries. UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership, comprising workers from many immigrant communities as well as high percentages of African-America, Latino and Asian-American workers. The majority of UNITE HERE members are women.
Through organizing, UNITE HERE members have made apparel jobs in the South, hotel housekeeping jobs in cities across North America, and hundreds of thousands of other traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle-class jobs.