Where: Double Tree Hotel, Latrobe RoomYes, there is a dispute among the unions as to who exactly represents some of these workers (see here and the comments here), but what isn't in dispute among the unions or the workers is that Aramark is acting in full douchebag mode.
When: Wednesday, March 3, 5:00 p.m.
Organized by Pittsburgh United, the community will rally TODAY at 5:00 p.m. in support of the Aramark Workers at Mellon Arena as they fight for their jobs.
Workers at Mellon Arena received a letter on February 12 from Aramark Management telling them that when the Penguins move across the street later this year workers would have to re-apply for their own jobs with no guarantee of getting hired.
“It’s astounding that a company that is benefiting from public investment in a beautiful new arena would use that as an excuse to pull a fast one on workers,” said Barney Oursler of Pittsburgh United. “Some of these workers have worked in the arena for decades. This is just not right.”
Workers were also informed that they would have no union at the new Consol Energy Center, meaning that the union contracts, workers seniority, and wage and benefit standards that were already in place at the Mellon Arena will not be honored and that workers would have to reform a union if they wanted one.
Speakers will include:
· Councilman Bruce Kraus, author of a Will of Council passed yesterday urging Aramark to change their position
· Councilman Doug Shields
· Carl Redwood of the One Hill Coalition
· Workers from other Aramark locations
· Clergy from Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
Aramark has a history of labor problems throughout its operations in the United States. From discrimination to sexual harassment to failure to follow labor laws Aramark has been plagued with problems.
Don't worry about who represents who, just come and support the folks who Aramark is trying to screw over.