U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, DNC Chairman Perez and Senator Durazo Join LMU Workers as They Celebrate Historic Contract


December 17, 2019


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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, DNC Chairman Perez and Senator Durazo Join LMU Workers as They Celebrate Historic Contract
Democratic debate on campus will proceed as planned Thursday

Los Angeles, CA – Senator Elizabeth Warren joined LMU workers as they ratified their historic contract with a 100% YES vote. Also joining the workers was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez and State Senator Maria Elena Durazo.

Sodexo at Loyola Marymount University and their employees negotiated through Monday evening to secure a tentative contract agreement. The three-year agreement includes a 25% increase in compensation, a 50% drop in health care costs, and increased workers’ job security.

“Today, workers will go home knowing that they will have the means to take care of their families. And they will know that when they need leadership, the Democratic party will have their backs,” said Susan Minato Co-President of Unite Here Local 11.

The DNC and Chairman Tom Perez worked hard to help bring the situation to a positive resolution.

“This agreement is really a vivid example of the power of collective bargaining and the importance of a strong union movement. Across America, service workers, auto workers, schoolteachers, and others are standing up and taking collective action. That is how we succeed.” Said DNC Chairman Tom Perez.

All of the Democratic presidential candidates who had qualified for the debate pledged on Twitter Friday that that they would not cross a picket line to attend the debate scheduled for Thursday, December 19 after learning of the ongoing labor dispute between UNITE HERE Local 11 and food service provider Sodexo. Senator Warren was the first to pledge her support for the workers.

“All across this country, working families are faced with two options: they can back down, or they can roll up their sleeves and get in the fight. The workers of UNITE HERE got in the fight, won, and sent a message across America: one job should be enough. When I am president, we will put power back in the hands of the people.” Said Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Local 11 represents 150 cooks, dishwashers, cashiers, and servers who prepare and serve meals for LMU students, faculty, and staff. LMU subcontracts its food service operations to global services company Sodexo, which employs these workers.

“I am thrilled that we were able to reach an agreement, and that the candidate debate can continue as scheduled,” said Angela Fisher, prep cook at Loyola Marymount University. “I am homeless,  and knowing that I will be making a better wage because of this new contract gives me the hope to put a roof over my head and take my mother out of a nursing home.”

“It takes courage and tenacity to stand up and fight for what you deserve, and that is what these cooks and dishwashers at LMU did and we can all learn from their courage.” Said State Senator Maria Elena Durazo.


UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing over 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona that work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers and airports.