Nathan Acuña

POWER (Poets Organizing Workers Economic Rights) members delivered pan dulce and roses to Whittier’s contracted cafeteria and facilities staff for International Women’s Day to show their appreciation for those in our community who cannot economically afford to participate in the national Women’s Strike. The bags passed out to the workers read, “We sincerely appreciate and thank you for all your hard work and dedication that you have shown to our Whittier community.” Students walked from the Campus Inn and The Spot to the dorms after sitting down with the five women daytime housekeeping staff to get an update on their working conditions. The workers said that the poor conditions and conflicts between themselves and their supervisors have continued well into their sixth contract negotiation on Tuesday, March 7. Since contract negotiations began last November, they have been fighting for the company, Flagship, to provide them with health insurance.