Did organizers push immigrant workers into the union?

Long ago I made a category for ‘Aramark’ a huge company that is gradually taking over food services in schools, colleges and institutions around the US.  I never did pursue it much and then I saw this story in In These Times (a socialist publication):

Aramark is one of those companies pushing for more immigrant labor.  Here is the only post I’ve written on it so far.   I suspect they aren’t pleased with the unionizing that is going on.

Note that the immigrant workers initially resisted unionization.

Issues like these (described in opening paragraph) are why the 204 workers from 16 countries decided to form a union. After a difficult organizing campaign where they initially faced intense opposition from their employer, Aramark, on Nov. 16 the company agreed to recognize UNITE HERE Local 1 after 80 percent of workers signed union cards.


Aramark is strictly about the company making money, they’re a multi-billion dollar corporation, they don’t care how we survive or that we are living pay day to pay day,” Irving said [Grill cook Janet Irving].

Irving said workers tried to unionize several years ago but the effort was squashed by intimidation before it got off the ground. This time, she said, the key was keeping organizing secret until they had gained a critical mass. Loyola students and professors and Chicago interfaith and community groups also supported the workers, including at several public rallies.

“Without them we wouldn’t have made it,” said Irving, adding that continued support will be important as they negotiate their first contract. “Students, priests, the neighborhood, teachers – everybody stood behind us.”

The unionizing drive was especially challenging because of the diversity of the workforce, including refugees and immigrants from Bosnia, Mexico, China and several African countries. Some of them had negative impressions of unions or heightened fears about repression because of situations in their own countries.

“Half of them were really scared, or didn’t really understand what a union is all about,” said Irving. “It was a little difficult, but we made it.”

DePaul University was involved too and the Social Justice crowd played a key role.

Both Loyola and DePaul are Catholic universities where social justice is held up as a core value. This provided leverage for students, cafeteria employees and supporters demanding the universities live up to their own values in how workers are treated. DePaul students have been carrying out a living wage campaign that included the delivery of a petition with 1,500 signatures to the university president last semester.

A deadly combination—-large multinational corporations looking for immigrant labor, the religious Left,  and unions looking for socialist voting power.

Florida Food Stamp fraud bust: “Operation easy money”

Your tax dollars!

Redistribution of wealth at work!

I saw an article the other day and if I find it again, I’ll link it here, but it was about how food stamp use was at an all-time high.   Of course the implication was that so many Americans are poor and  hungry.  However, maybe many have figured out how to get “easy money.”

This story from WPBF 25 is the first I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been following the food stamp fraud issue where the sellers of the food stamps were arrested (presumably in addition to the convenience store operators).  Warning!

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — More than 60 Palm Beach County residents are accused of stealing $300,000 from the food stamp program.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 62 people have been charged with welfare fraud. FDLE investigators said store employees were improperly ringing up purchases, giving cash back to the holder of government-issued food stamp cards and keeping a cut for the store.

They said little or no food ever changed hands.

The arrests were the result of an 18-month joint law enforcement investigation dubbed “Operation Easy Money.”

For more on food stamp fraud, use our search function.

Bully busted in Belgium

Well, he wasn’t busted for bullying, but for terrorist activity.   I told you back on March 9th that we had received a threatening e-mail—we being a whole bunch of American and European bloggers—from an Islamist who said:

i know you dislike that sharia is talking [he! he! he! guess he means taking!-ed] over the world, but that is a fact, so get used to it!

first great britain, now belgium, then the netherlands, and we will continue inshaallah until the rule of Allah swt is applied on the whole world!

We were honored to be included in the distinguished list of recipients of the e-mail.

Now comes word from the Jawa Report that the bully (oops alleged terrorist) who threatened us has been busted in Belgium.  Read all about it at the Jawa Report! and thanks for the tip!

Fredericksburg School Board asks Virginia governor to halt refugee resettlement to their city

You can read all about it at Friends of Refugees, here.   I’ve been busy and hadn’t had time to visit that excellent blog lately (or write much here at RRW), but you need to go here and follow some of the recent stories posted by Christopher Coen.  I learned so much, as I always do when I visit!