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The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

The independent student newspaper of Northeastern University

The Huntington News

WRBB News Episode 4: Janitor Union Contract and a Former Track Coach’s Nude Photo Scheme Plea

WRBB News Episode 4: Janitor Union Contract and a Former Track Coach’s Nude Photo Scheme Plea

In the fourth episode of WRBB News, co-hosts Bela Omoeva and Liza Rosen speak with The News about two recent stories. Staff writer Zoe MacDiarmid maps out how a union representing 330 Northeastern janitors achieved a historic new contract. Deputy campus editor Val O'Neill and...

Column: Can Bethenny Frankel burst the Bravo bubble?

Column: Can Bethenny Frankel burst the Bravo bubble?

Joseph Brant, news staff January 28, 2024

Every worker needs a union, even if their job is being messy on national television. Bethenny Frankel, “Skinnygirl” lifestyle mogul, original cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York” and unabashed reality TV pariah, first called for a reality television union...

Graduate student worker Niki Thomas leads a voting party on the day of the union election in late September. Thomas is one of the members of GENU-UAWs recently-announced bargaining committee.

Northeastern graduate student union announces first bargaining committee

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff December 1, 2023

On Nov. 14, the Graduate Employees of Northeastern University, or GENU-UAW, announced the members of its first bargaining committee, the union’s first major step towards bargaining with the university since its certification in September.  The election of a bargaining committee...

A crowd of union members and supporters gather in Post Office Square in downtown Boston following a tentative new contract agreement. The updated contract included the conversion of 500 part-time jobs to full-time positions. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU and Ann Hermes.

Union representing 330 Northeastern janitors tentatively agree to historic new contract, avoiding strike

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff November 17, 2023

At 4 a.m. Wednesday, a negotiation committee of janitors of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, which represents about 330 cleaners at Northeastern, unanimously approved a new tentative union contract, preventing a strike, according to a press release...

Tomasa Rodríguez, a janitor at Northeastern since 2000, poses in front of the painting depicting union members with the words of the American Dream. You can see here that were asking for justice just like were asking for now,   Rodríguez said of the painting.

Union representing hundreds of Northeastern janitors pushes for better contract, nearing possible strike

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff November 12, 2023

Three days before the expiration date of a contract between the union representing 330 cleaners at Northeastern and the Maintenance Contractors of New England, or MCNE, the union wrapped up another week of bargaining and negotiations. If an agreement is not reached by Nov. 15,...

A member of the 32BJ union raises her hand in front of a screen showing Northeastern students support for janitorial workers. Northeasterns facilities were cleaned by members of the 32BJ union. Photo courtesy Ann Hermes.

Union representing hundreds of janitors at Northeastern authorizes strike amid negotiations with maintenance contractors

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff October 31, 2023

About 330 janitorial workers who clean Northeastern facilities could go on strike in mid-November following a Saturday strike authorization vote by members of a union representing thousands of cleaners locally and across the United States.  In a Back Bay auditorium Oct. 28,...

Column: Hollywood unions show who the real heroes are

Column: Hollywood unions show who the real heroes are

Joseph Brant, news correspondent October 18, 2023

Unions have been in the news a lot lately, and it’s not just because some of Hollywood’s most famous stars have traded “learning lines” for “picket lines.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the United States has seen some of the highest labor mobilization rates...

Members of the UNITE HERE Local 26 hold signs reading Save Sheraton Jobs. The union reversed its inital stance against the conversion of the Sheratons south tower into a residence hall. Photo courtesy UNITE HERE

Local 26 union reverses position on Sheraton dorm transformation, files letter of support

Sonel Cutler, news staff October 15, 2023

In a significant change of course, the union representing hotel employees at the Sheraton Boston Hotel now supports Northeastern’s transformation of 428 hotel rooms into dorms, reversing its initial stance against the conversion.  The project, which Northeastern moved to...

The front of the NUPD building at 716 Columbus Ave. An unarmed robbery occurred near campus Tuesday night.

NUPD sergeant and sergeant detectives vote to be represented by a union

Emily Spatz, deputy campus editor September 22, 2023

Northeastern University Police Department sergeants, sergeant detectives and detectives voted in favor of unionizing earlier this month, according to documents from the National Labor Relations Board.  The Northeastern University Police Department, or NUPD, bargaining unit...

Students hold signs promoting the union vote. Graduate students were seeking increased wage and benefits in response to Bostons rising cost of living.

Northeastern graduate student workers overwhelmingly win union certification after 8-year delay

Zoe MacDiarmid and Joseph Brant September 21, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 21, graduate student workers at Northeastern officially became a certified union in a vote that has been awaited since 2015. After a surge of organizing in 2022 and 2023, Graduate Employees of Northeastern University, or GENU-UAW, held an election from Tuesday,...

Messages appear on the ISEC bridge directing graduate workers towards the Robinson Quad, where voting occurs this week. The vote, years in the making, will determine whether graduate workers will be represented by a union.

Voting begins for graduate workers union; pro-union chalking on ISEC bridge erased

Zoe MacDiarmid, news staff September 19, 2023

Polls opened Tuesday, Sept. 19 for the Graduate Employees of Northeastern University, or GENU-UAW, who are voting to be represented by the United Auto Workers union, or UAW, after years of delays in voting due to pushback from Northeastern administration and Trump-era anti-labor...

A chalk message in favor of graduate students right to unionize is written on the ISEC bridge. Councilors in the Cambridge City Council expressed their support for GENU-UAW during an Aug. 7 meeting.

‘We stand behind them’; Cambridge City Council supports graduate student advocates on their quest for unionization

Alexis Algazy, deputy city editor September 11, 2023

Ahead of the union certification election for Northeastern’s graduate student union scheduled for Sept. 19, the city of Cambridge expressed its support to the union-hopefuls.  During the Cambridge City Council’s Aug. 7 meeting, councilors expressed support for the Northeastern...