Aramark Workers Launch National Tour

Houston—With a growing number of communities nationwide raising concerns about the business and workplace practices of food service giant Aramark (here , here , here , and here) four current and former Aramark employees are launching a national tour today [April 3] to learn more about the corporation’s impact on America’s communities. The workers—janitors and food service workers—will travel coast-to-coast to meet with parents, community leaders, and fellow Aramark workers in cities including Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

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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.

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Rat Retired? (cafeteria workers vs. Aramark)

by Mike Hirsch

Cafeteria workers taking on Aramark, the food service giant that pays starvation wages to fatten rich corporate executives, were joined in front of Wall Street’s First Bank of New York today by a giant inflatable animal. No, it wasn’t the looming, fanged, ubiquitous rat that New York City construction workers and others use to draw public attention to contractors hiring non-union help at work sites or urge support for contract fights and organizing drives. In its place was a giant skunk. No comment yet from the UNITE-HERE executive dining room workers on the fate of the rat; one said he thought it was pensioned off, but they all insisted the skunk was a pretty good mascot, too. Why? “Because Aramark stinks,” they all agreed.