Miami, FL—Chartwells Dining Service workers at University of Miami work hard every day serving the university community but often struggle to make ends meet on low pay and unaffordable health care benefits. Leading clergy and community leaders, saying UM is the second largest private-sector employer in Miami—one of the poorest, most unequal yet most expensive cities in the nation—will deliver a petition to UM President Donna Shalala calling for change.
The petition will include the signatures of more than 50 concerned religious leaders in South Florida who are calling for an end to poverty wages. The leaders will hold a news conference after delivering the petition to talk about the plight of cafeteria workers, some of whom make as little as $10,000 a year and supplement their income with public assistance because of the low pay and unaffordable benefits.
WHO: The leading clergy scheduled to speak include the Pastor Richard P. Dunn, Pastor Gaston
Smith, Pastor Gregory Thompson, and Pastor Marie Garthner
WHAT: Leading clergy and community leaders will deliver a petition to University of Miami President Donna Shalala before joining together to speak out in support of Chartwells Dining Service workers at the University of Miami who are fighting for dignity and respect in the workplace.
WHEN: 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
WHERE: Ponce De Leon Blvd & Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146
VISUALS: Religious Leaders in Miami Speaking Out Near Main Entrance of University of Miami
With more than 125,000 members, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service union in the country.