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Saturday January 19th 2019

Worker Speak Out a Huge Success!

From the bottom of our hearts, TUPAC would like to thank everyone who came out and made our Worker Speak Out on April 7th a huge success. There is nothing more powerful than hearing workers’ voices firsthand, out loud.

Since no one in Tulane’s administration wants to listen to what workers have to say, it is events like this that get the message out there: our workers are not being treated with dignity and respect, and they aren’t going to put up with it anymore. Administration officials refused to meet with Carina Mieses when she was in town, just like they have refused consistently to meet with Tulane’s own workers. By supporting these events, you are sending the message to our administration that the voices of workers matter–they are a part of our community, and they deserve respect and basic protections on the job.

Workers Speak Out! Photo by Nicole Harvey
Workers Speak Out! Photo by Nicole Harvey


Our good friend Shaquille Taylor, who has worked at Bruff since he graduated from high school, published an editorial in the Hullabaloo, writing, “We’re thankful for the opportunity to work at Tulane and get to know students, but we just want Sodexo to treat us with respect.”

Matt Freimuth, a TUPAC member, published this editorial about why he got involved in the campaign.

Finally, here is an article that gives an overview of the event.

This is going on all over the country. Carina Mieses and local workers spoke at Emory University last week. One commenter wrote: “OK, so i’ll admit that I thought that SWS [Emory’s pro-worker student group] was exaggerating on some of their claims about Sodexo. But hearing the same disturbing stories from Sodexo workers at different sites around the world is sobering. I didn’t think stuff like this still happened… Much less with a company that I’m supporting with my meal plan. I’m not really comfortable with that anymore.”

Here is an editorial from the Technique, Georgia Tech’s student newspaper: Consensus: Dining in Disgust. Thanks to the Technique editorial board for taking such a strong stance! Here’s a brief highlight from that article:

Sodexo failed to meet even the barest minimum government standards. Sodexo has a reputation for both subpar service and labor issues at schools nationwide, which have led to protests, boycotts and strikes at at least nine other universities. On campus, the poor quality of Sodexo’s food and service is so well-known that Tech’s food has become a popular target of criticism.

Though the lion’s share of the blame for this lies with Sodexo for its failure to provide adequate services, Tech is certainly not free of fault. Tech takes pride in holding itself to a higher standard. Tech has the means to pressure Sodexo into improving service, yet has remained complacent with the status quo.

Sound familiar?

If you want to express your concerns about Sodexo’s abuse of its employees abroad and right on Tulane’s campus, or even just tell him you think we need some policies governing these things in place, you can e-mail him at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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