Rally Against Corporate Takeover of EMU Dining Services

2016-06-21 11.35.20Workers, students, and community leaders rallied on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, to ask that the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents halt its plan to the privatize campus dining services. Members of the EMU community voiced deeps concerns about the lack of transparency and inclusivity in the decision-making process that led the Board to vote unanimously to privatize dining services with Chartwells, a subsidiary of Compass Group.

Chartwells has promised to invest millions at EMU, increase food quality, and pay the university for the contract. They also claim that they will source local ingredients, though they define “local” to include cities as far away as Buffalo, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Despite its lofty promises, Chartwells must generate profit. Profit will be made on the backs of workers and students.

The consequences of privatization are stark:

  • New workers hired by Chartwells will have greatly reduced benefits that will be nearly impossible for them to afford, far fewer job protections, and lower wages.
  • Chartwells will have a strong financial incentive to get rid of the EMU bargaining unit employees to be able to hire more poverty level wage employees.

The solutions are clear:

  • EMU administrators and the Board must consult with stakeholders on campus and in the surrounding community. Working people, students, and community representatives should be included in the decisions that shape their lives.
  • Students, working people, and the community must organize together to lower the cost of education, reaffirm the rights of workers, and reestablish democracy on EMU’s campus.

Thank you to all those who stood with students and working people to promote an economy that works for all people, including:

Washtenaw County Commission
     Yousef Rabhi (District 8) — running for State House 53 — endorsed by HVALF
      Ronnie Peterson (District 6) — running for State House 54 — endorsed by HVALF
Ypsilanti City Council
      Pete Murdock (Ward 3) — running to retain his seat on City Council — endorsed by HVALF
      Anne Brown (Ward 2) and running for State House 54
 Ypsilanti Township
      Brenda Stumbo (Supervisor) — running to retain her position — endorsed by HVALF
      Karen Lovejoy Roe (Clerk) — running to retain her position — endorsed by HVALF
 Running for Office
      Steve Kwasny — running for State House 53
      Jason Morgan — running for Washtenaw County Commission (District 8) — endorsed by HVALF
      Michelle Regalado Deatrick — running for Washtenaw County Commission (District 2) — endorsed by HVALF
      Ricky Lee Jefferson — running for Washtenaw County Commission (Ward 6) — endorsed by HVALF
      Heather Jarrell Roe — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
      Monica Ross-Williams — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
      Lonnie Scott — running for Ypsilanti Township Trustee
Washtenaw County Democratic Party
      Catherine Daligga
 
Organized Labor (in alphabetical order)
   Tim Allen (Organizer, EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   Kelly Anthony (Organizer, MNA)
   John Armalagos (President, MNA)
   Howard Bunsis (President-Elect, AAUP EMU)
   Al Cholger (Sub-District Director, United Steelworkers District 2)
   Jason Crispell (President, AFSCME Local 3866, EMU)
   Nancy Heine (President, AFSCME 3052; VP, HVALF)
   Bob King (President Emeritus, UAW)
   Judy Kullberg (President, EMU Faculty Senate; EMU AAUP)
   Lisa Laverty (President, EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   Gina Liburdi (Lead Organizer, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Susan Moeller (President, AAUP EMU)
   Ron Motsinger (Business Agent, IBEW 252)
   Matt Oches (Organizer, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Jim Pedersen (President Emeritus, UAW 892)
   Ian Robinson (President, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation)
   Rick Roe (Secretary-Treasurer, UAW 898, Rawsonville)
   Amanda Schwartzberg (Intern, LEO, AFT-MI)
   Grant Shafer (EMU AAUP)
   Mike Shumaker (President, UAW 1975, EMU)
   Rich Stahler-Sholk (EMU AAUP)
   Daric Thorne (EMUFT, AFT-MI)
   John Ware (President, GEO, AFT-MI)
   Tad Wysor (Vice-President, AFGE 3907, ERA)

 

 

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