ARAMARK Cafeteria Workers To March through Midtown to Highlight Unfair Two-Tier Economy

Struggling to make ends meet while working in the wealthiest corporate headquarters…

Concerned about the effect of corporate giant ARAMARK’s business practices in New York and in communities across the nation, non-union ARAMARK workers at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Citigroup cafeterias will be joined on April 22 by striking ARAMARK workers from Bank of New York and CBS Headquarters, and hundreds of service workers to march from PriceWaterhouseCoopers to Citigroup. Workers will then protest at the annual investors’ dinner of Warburg Pincus, one of ARAMARK’s private equity owners.

While ARAMARK workers serve some of the most successful companies in the city, many struggle to make ends meet with little access to affordable healthcare. Meanwhile, despite its vast write-downs due to credit-related losses, Citigroup paid ousted chief Charles Prince a $12.5 million bonus last year. His total exit package (salary, bonus, shares, pension, and use of an office, car and driver for the next five years) was $104.7 million.

What: Rally and March To Call on Aramark Clients and Owner to Hold Aramark Accountable

When: Tuesday, April 22nd

3PM : Rally at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Madison Avenue between 41st and 42nd)

4:30PM: March to Citigroup: 153 E. 53rd St. (53rd and Lexington Ave.)

5:30PM: Workers Protest at ARAMARK equity-owner Warburg Pincus’ Annual Dinner at the Rainbow Room (Rockefeller Plaza- 49th St. between 5th and 6th Ave.’s)

Who: Non-union ARAMARK workers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Citigroup fighting to improve their lives, joined by striking ARAMARK workers from Bank of New York and CBS Headquarters, service workers from throughout New York City, religious leaders, and community supporters

Visuals: Chants, creative props, and speeches
Interviews with ARAMARK workers.

Throughout America, ARAMARK workers are seeking to ensure that ARAMARK provides quality jobs and services to the communities that generate the company’s income, more than $12.4 billion last year alone. In New York, ARAMARK food service workers at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Citigroup have been calling for a fair process to decide whether to form a union without intimidation. Meanwhile their fellow ARAMARK cafeteria workers at CBS headquarters (on strike since March 27) and two Bank of New York locations (on strike since March 4) were forced to strike after working in good faith, without a contract, for months.

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