For immediate release
August 7, 2007
WHO: – Hundreds of workers and supporters from across the country
– UNITE HERE General President Bruce Raynor
– Comptroller Bill Thompson
– Reverend James Booker, Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rahid, and other community, religious leaders
WHEN/WHERE: Thurs, Aug 9 at 3:30PM at the north end of Bowling Green, across from 1 Broadway (in front of the charging bull), Manhattan — march through Wall Street to follow
WHY: Workers from across the country will rally in New York’s financial district to highlight problems they face in the contracted food service industry, including low wages, lack of affordable benefits, and no paid sick leave.
Thanks to over a decade of consolidation in the industry, more than 1 million workers worldwide are employed by a handful of multi-national service companies that have taken over "non-core" work (food service, laundry, and cleaning) from many corporations, universities, airports and school districts.
The three largest of these service companies command a whopping 80 percent of industry market share and together employ twice as many workers as fast food giant McDonald’s.
The rally presents the opportunity for food service workers to come together and show Wall Street and the world the important work that they do and the challenges they face.
Along with workers, elected officials and community and religious leaders will speak out at the rally on the importance of ensuring decent jobs for all workers in the city’s financial district.
UNITE HERE is a union representing 450,000 members across North America in the laundry, food service, apparel and textile, and hotel industries.