Dozens of Manhattan College dining hall workers, joined by students and faculty, rallied across the street from the entrance to the college’s Bronx campus on September 1 to protest actions of the school’s new dining hall operator, Gourmet Dining, which has failed to rehire about 60 of the workers who previously staffed Manhattan College’s dining hall since taking over operations at the end of May.
That decision has left workers, some of whom have served the Manhattan College community for as many as 39 years, to struggle with a sudden loss of income and health insurance. Nearly all of the affected workers are Bronx residents, an area that has been hit hard by the recession. "It’s a terrible feeling to lose your job in this economy," says Angelic Samuel, who has worked at Manhattan College for 7 years. "My biggest concern is how this will affect my daughter and how I will be able to provide for her."
Manhattan College dining workers were members of UNITE HERE Local 100 and as a result of their union contract enjoyed decent wages and family medical benefits.
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