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Photo Essay: ‘Don’t bite the hands that feed you,’ Students and Staff Strike Against Sodexo 

Howard University students and faculty circled the entrance of the Armour J. Blackburn University Center, carrying signs and a message of solidarity.

Students and members of Howard’s faculty marched in a picket line in support of Sodexo employees at the Armour J. Blackburn University Center on Wednesday, Feb. 7. (Keith Golden Jr/The Hilltop)
The picket line lasted for two hours, with people carrying signs with messages like, “Workers won’t be silent.” (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)
Delaney Leonard, a member of the DMV chapter of Students for Socialism, speaks into a megaphone in the middle of the crowd, during the demonstration. (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)
A cafeteria employee gives a thumbs-up to supporters at the demonstration. Four months ago, Sodexo workers successfully renegotiated their contract, securing an “immediate” raise to $18 per hour and a $7.50 raise to be allocated over the next four years. (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)
A woman wears a “UNITE Here Local 23” t-shirt. Local 23 is the union that represents Sodexo cafeteria employees. (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)
Even with last year’s proposed wage increases, many Sodexo employees still feel the burden of Washington, D.C.’s rising cost of living and low wages. (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)
Pierre Carter worked for Howard’s Dining Services for over 19 years. Demonstrators carried signs, advocating for his reinstatement after Carter was allegedly fired. (Keith Golden Jr./The Hilltop)

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