NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other supporters joined workers in the executive dining rooms and corporate cafeterias for some of New York City’s most prestigious companies on the picket line Monday. ARAMARK workers went on strike at two city landmarks, and thousands of white collar workers found no breakfast or lunch in their building.
Striking workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 100, have vowed to walk picket lines at New York Life and 55 Water Street until their employer, the Philadelphia-based contractor ARAMARK, settles contracts with them.
Early in the day, striking workers at New York Life were visited by City Councilmember Bill de Blasio, New York State Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, and Father John Dufell from Church of the Ascension, who expressed solidarity and called on New York Life and all clients of ARAMARK to help workers raise standards.
ARAMARK food service workers at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Citigroup have already voted to authorize a strike at their location, and collective bargaining agreements continue to expire at ARAMARK cafeterias across the city. If the food service giant does not commit to raising standards, workers at cafeterias at Bank of New York, CBS, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and the United Nations could join the strike as their contracts expire.
ARAMARK workers at PriceWaterhouseCooper, located at 300 Madison Ave., presented a petition to their employer on Monday asking for a fair process for deciding whether to organize a union.
UNITE HERE is a labor union representing nearly half a million North American members in the hospitality, textile and service industries. Across the country UNITE HERE and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are working together to raise the living standards and improve the working conditions of the people who provide food service, janitorial service and other key services to institutions and businesses throughout our society – many of whom are employed by ARAMARK.