Clergy to support Aramark Workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers on Wed. March 19

New York, NY: Clergy members will lead a special blessing of the Aramark workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers for their sacrifice and struggle for justice at a 3:30 o.m. rally on March 19 at 300 Madison Avenue. Easter lilies and daffodils will be handed to participants, as their beauty embodies the tradition of Easter. Clergy members are coming together in support of Aramark workers to urge PricewaterhouseCoopers to follow its own Code of Conduct and demand that workers in its own headquarters are treated with dignity and respect. PricewaterhouseCoopers generated $7.5 billion in revenues last year.

Four months ago, cafeteria workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers asked Aramark to remain neutral while workers decide whether or not to have a union. Aramark has responded by intimidating and interrogating workers. Workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers continue to persevere, refusing to give up until Aramark honors their request. For this Easter event, they will be joined by Aramark workers who are currently on strike at Bank of New York, and their fight at PwC reflects a city-wide worker struggle against Aramark.

“As we reflect on this Easter season, let us think about the steps that Jesus took to prove his love for us. Likewise, we Aramark workers are taking steps toward dignity and justice,” says catering cook Sheryl Alston.

Father Mark Hallinan of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, who will be administering the blessing with Reverend James Booker, Jr., reminds us that the justice to which all of the Abrahamic faiths are committed is expressed in Catholic social teaching, “a worker must be paid a wage sufficient to support him and his family and that among the basic rights of the human person is the right of workers to take part freely in activities of unions without fear of reprisal.” Aramark workers, therefore, are simply seeking their fundamental rights in requesting a fair process to decide about union representation, a living wage, affordable healthcare, and respect on the job.

Workers have asked PricwaterhouseCoopers to intervene, but their calls have gone unanswered. Workers and clergy will stand together to show that even in times of hardship, our faith remains strong, and our struggle for justice will continue.

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  2. I will pray for your success and safety. I recently separated from ARAMARK unwillingly after 10 years of service. Be careful.

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  4. […] Clergy to support Aramark Workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers on Wed. March 19 New York, NY: Clergy members will lead a special blessing of the Aramark workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers for their sacrifice and struggle for justice at a 3:30 p.m. rally on March 19th at 300 Madison Avenue. Easter lilies and daffodils will be handed to participants, as their beauty embodies the tradition of Easter. Clergy members are coming together in support of Aramark workers to urge PricewaterhouseCoopers to follow its own Code of Conduct and demand that workers in its own headquarters are treated with dignity and respect. PricewaterhouseCoopers generated $7.5 billion in revenues last year. […]

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