Service & Solidarity Spotlight: UNITE HERE Members at Homegrown Strike Over Job Insecurity, Unaffordable Health Care

Homegrown workers on strike.

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Approximately 150 workers at six locations of Seattle-based sandwich maker Homegrown went on strike Thursday over contract negotiations. The workers say the company offers unaffordable health insurance and provides no employment guarantee to workers in case the company is sold. The workers are members of UNITE HERE Local 8.

“I’m fighting for a contract that will allow me to stay in the company long term, and I need to know that I can keep this job if the company is sold,” said Emily Minkus, who works at the Queen Anne location