Cafeteria workers at the New York Life building and 55 Water Street have been out on strike against their employer, food and building services contractor ARAMARK, since November 12th. But that didn’t stop them from spreading holiday cheer and good will last Wednesday, by serving up a Thanksgiving lunch, complete with turkey and stuffing, to the office workers in their building — from the picket line.
UNITE HERE Local 100, have vowed to walk picket lines at the two properties until Philadelphia-based ARAMARK settles fair contracts with them.
ARAMARK food service workers at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bank of New York and Citigroup have already voted to authorize a strike at their locations, 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 CBS, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and the United Nations could join the strike as their contracts expire.
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.