San Jose, CA-"A new UNITE HERE report exposes low wages and poor working conditions for food service workers who work in cafeterias at high tech and biotech companies in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. These highly profitable companies provide lavish cafeteria services for their own staff, but subcontract the work to firms who pay so little that cafeteria workers often have to rely on government assistance for basic necessities like food and health care.
During a telephone press conference last week, author Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch) joined General President Bruce Raynor and food service workers from Guckenheimer Enterprises to outline the findings of the report. Findings of the report include: 23% of Guckenheimer workers surveyed rely on government funded health insurance or are uninsured; workers report going to work sick or not receiving adequate medical care for injuries on the job, potentially causing health risks to their customers; average weekly wages fall below what it costs a single adult to meet basic needs without public assistance; and, food service workers on average earn 69% less than the median income for the area.
For a PDF of the report, go to http://www.serviceworkersrising.org/documents/tale_of_2_economies.pdf.