Chanting "They care about their bonuses more than their workers," and “Up up with the workers, down down with the bosses,” dozens of Unite Here Local 23 members and their supporters picketed IL Creations in front of the USDA Wednesday. Local 23 has represented workers at cafeterias in federal buildings for decades, and subcontractor IL Creations is one of the main providers of food for federal employees in the DC region. “IL Creations is trying to force us to accept an unjust contract,” said Rita Langley, Local 23 Shop Steward at the State Department cafeteria. “We have to support our brothers and sisters,” said AFSCME Council 26 president Seth Couslar as he walked the picket line, “we’ve got to show solidarity and help each other.” Other AFSCME leaders and members, as well as CLUW members also walked the line to show their support.
- report/photos by Chris Garlock