Food and beverage workers at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center have voted to authorize a strike against Aramark. The vote last Monday empowers UNITE HERE Local 23’s negotiating committee to call a strike as early as this week. “I’m proud to provide the welcome and service that convention guests to D.C. deserve,” said Carmen Valencia. “But since April 1 when Aramark took over, they have been replacing us with non-union workers and machines. I feel betrayed. I have never considered striking before, but I don’t see any other way to protect my job and my family.” Workers picketed Aramark on Sunday and will continue over the next few weeks.
photos courtesy Adam Yalowitz, UNITE HERE 23