NEA Staff & Cafeteria Workers Picket Culinary Seasons

Friday, April 25, 2014

NEA Staff & Cafeteria Workers Picket Culinary Seasons(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

"If I had a little bit more money I could pay the bills and save some for my boys," said Jessica Reyes. "I want them to go to college and not have to work a job like mine." Reyes works in the cafeteria at the National Education Association's headquarters on 16th Street, which is operated by Culinary Seasons. Culinary was the target of a noontime picket yesterday by dozens of union members because the company has refused to match the wages and healthcare now paid at other cafeterias represented by Unite Here Local 23. The Local 23 members were joined on the line by members of  the NEA Staff Organization (NEASO). "It's been unifying for our members to see themselves as part of the broader labor community and to help our brothers and sisters in another union," said NEASO's Susan Nogan. 
- report/photo by Chris Garlock


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