Workers, Students and Supporters Rally at U of T to Demand Better for Aramark Cafeteria Workers and the Students they Serve



    Part of International Campaign for Quality Services calling on Aramark to
    improve treatment of workers, students, communities and customers.

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:    Hundreds of Toronto area foodservice workers to rally outside
             Sidney Smith Hall at the University of Toronto to demand
             better for Aramark workers, who serve food to thousands of
             college and university students. They will be joined by
             supporters and students, calling on the multi-national
             foodservice giant to improve working conditions and services.

    WHO:     UNITE HERE International General President, Bruce Raynor
             Toronto City Councillor, Ward 20, Adam Vaughan
             Vice President External, U of T Student's Union, Dave Scrivener
             UNITE HERE Canadian Co-Director, Alex Dagg and Aramark
             Foodservice workers

    WHERE:   Outside Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto

    WHEN:    Monday, February, 11th, 2:00 pm
    

    BACKGROUND: Across North America, Aramark workers and people who rely on
Aramark services in colleges and universities, public schools, hospitals and
corporate cafeterias have come together around the belief that Aramark's
business practices not only harm workers but shortchange customers by cutting
corners on quality and promising savings that the company can't deliver.
    Aramark workers serving food at universities and colleges across the GTA
are reporting workplace problems including being unable to take legally
required breaks. At the Scarborough Campus of U of T, the most senior Aramark
workers are not receiving wage increases and at another location, workers, who
pay to be provided food each shift, report being served old or expired food.
    In the US, at least 25 workers who participated in a November, 2007 rally
outside Aramark's Philadelphia headquarters have been subject to dismissals or
demotions. Almost 100 Aramark workers have been on strike in New York City for
more than two months, trying to ensure they can earn a decent living while
serving food in the corporate cafeterias of some of the world's richest
corporations.
    Last October, in Philadelphia, the school system fired Aramark only 2
years into a five year contract because Aramark had racked up an $11 million
deficit after originally promising to reduce the struggling school district's
debt.





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