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Subject World Bank food service workers going hungry
Date April 10, 2023 9:47 AM
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World Bank food service workers going hungry


Food service workers at the World Bank struggle to afford necessities like food and housing, according to survey results released last Thursday by UNITE HERE Local 23. Six percent had been evicted, 33% worked a second job, 25% skipped meals because they didn't have money to buy food and 27% skipped going to the doctor or taking medicine prescribed by a doctor because they could not afford it. Workers are in negotiations for new union contracts that keep up with the cost of living and additionally announced a picket line action on the Compass-operated cafeteria at the World Bank on Wednesday, April 12. "Compass cafeteria workers feed some of the most prestigious and influential institutions in our nation's Capital," said UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor, "yet they're struggling to pay their bills. Compass is the largest food service contractor in the US. Food service workers have been really whacked by inflation, but workers are in a position of power right now to advocate for change. We plan to fight hard to turn these jobs, and all hospitality jobs, into jobs you can live on in DC." [link removed] Read more here.


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