Hundreds expected to rally Wednesday to protest violence against striking Aramark workers in Markham



    Community activists from across Ontario heading to Markham's Seneca
    College Campus to demand an end to violence against striking workers
    which has led to Police charges

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:   Community and labour activists from across Ontario rally at
            Seneca College's Markham campus, calling for an end to violence
            against striking Aramark workers on campus. York Region police
            have been called to the picket line after numerous incidents of
            striking workers and their supporters being struck by cars on the
            legal picket line. Charges have been laid and police are still
            investigating a number of incidents.

    WHO:    President, Canadian Labour Congress, Ken Georgetti
            UNITE HERE Canadian Co-Director, Alex Dagg
            Ontario Federation of Labour Vice-President, Terry Downey
            Andy Chiu, Aramark Worker at Seneca's Markham Campus, struck by a
            car on the picket line
            President, UNITE HERE Local 100 New York, Bill Granfield
            First Year Seneca Student, Markham Campus, Andrew Robinson

    WHERE:  Outside Seneca's Markham Campus, 10 Allstate Parkway (Hwy 7 &
            404), Markham, ON

    WHEN:   Wednesday, March 19th, 4:00 pm
    

    BACKGROUND: Foodservice workers and cleaning staff at Seneca's Markham
campus, employed by the multi-national Aramark and members of UNITE HERE, set
up picket lines on Monday, March 10th.
    Aramark workers at Seneca's Markham campus have been asking the
foodservice giant to address low wages and benefits and want equity with other
Aramark workers at Seneca College. After more than 8 months of bargaining and
on the eve of a strike deadline, Aramark responded with a paltry 1.25 % wage
increase or less than 10 cents an hour for most staff.
    UNITE HERE repeatedly called York Region Police to their picket line last
week after striking workers were hit by cars. In one incident, a man jumped
from his still moving car after hitting a man on the picket line and
threatened the striking workers. Police have laid charges in a number of
incidents, including one for dangerous driving.

    Aramark, based in Philadelphia, recorded $12.4 billion in sales in 2007
and employs 15,000 workers in Canada. It serves meals to students at high
schools, university and colleges as well as workers in factories and law
firms. It also provides laundry and cleaning services.





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