About the Campaign
The Justice on the Menu Campaign began in Spring 2012 as joint effort of Penn dining hall workers and students involved in the Penn Student Labor Action Project. Penn dining hall workers went public with their concerns of unfair treatment in relation to other dining halls on Monday, March 25, 2013. In mid April, Bon Appetit announced that it would recognize the workers’ attempts to join a union, and after a card check on April 26, 2013 Falk Dining Commons employees are now officially represented by Teamsters Local 929! Contract negotiations will begin in May.
Penn dining hall workers demand that:
Non-unionized workers at the University of Pennsylvania dining halls must have wages that match the wages of unionized dining hall workers.
- Non-unionized workers at the University of Pennsylvania dining halls must receive the same number of paid sick days as the unionized dining workers.
In the words of Kareem Wallace a cook at UPenn’s Falk Dining Commons, “For years I have put my heart and soul and dedication into every effort. At the end of the day it would be great to feel acknowledged and appreciated by my management staff. For all the hard work that I have done for so many years, at the end of the day it is still not enough to support myself and my family.”
Check out our campaign video here:
- March 26 Justice on the Menu Campaign goes public with letter to business services. Penn SLAP publishes editorial in Daily Pennsylvanian.
- March 28 The Justice on the Menu Campaign holds rally on College Green.
- April 12 Joint PSOU + Justice on the Menu rally. Penn SLAP delivers 1,000 signature petition to Amy Gutmann’s office.
- April 14 Workers sign cards authorizing Teamsters Local 929 to act on their behalf.
- April 15 Receive response from Marie Witt about the petition to Amy G
- April 16 Teamsters file petition with NLRB.
- April 17 Falk Dining Commons worker Kenny Blackwell featured on front page of Daily Pennsylvanian.
- April 18 Bon Appetit decides to bypass the election and do a card check
- April 24 Rabia Abdul featured on front page of Daily Pennsylvanian.
- April 25 Penn SLAP meets with Marie Witt
- April 26 Card Check results in Falk Dining Commons employees official representation by Teamsters Local 929!
- April 28 Celebration BBQ
About Penn SLAP:
SLAP supports the growing student movement for economic justice by making links between campus and community organizing, providing skills training to build lasting student organizations, and developing campaigns that win concrete victories for working families. Additionally, SLAP partners with student organizations such as United Students Against Sweatshops and the Student/Farmworker Alliance to build a strong student movement for workers’ rights and economic justice. SLAP’s website is www.pennslap.blogspot.com