Sky Chefs Actions Across the Nation

New Orleans LeafletSummer Organizers from coast to coast have been working hard to inform CVS managers and customers about issues at Sky Chefs, one of CVS’ vendors. Around the country, there have been about 30 delegations to CVS thus far! After the excitement Summer Organizers in New York experienced during their action, Summer Organizers in Chicago, Phoenix and New Orleans share their experiences:

Chicago Leaflet

“In Chicago, we took our materials to a CVS on Friday, July 1st. The CVS manager called the police, claiming we were harassing customers. Of course, we were not harassing customers, and so I wasn’t worried when the police showed up, but if we hadn’t known our rights they would have at the very least made us leave. So that leads me to the most important lesson I learned this week: Always know your rights. If you don’t, people may try to take advantage of you.” – Sophia, Summer Organizer, Chicago

New Orleans CVS leaflet

“In Phoenix, we had two very different experiences in our actions in support of SkyChefs workers this week. Johnny’s team distributed the FDA report and Food Bill of Rights to CVS management, who refused to sign the letter to the CVS supply chain executive. The team leafleted outside until management said the police were on their way. On the other side of the spectrum, our team spoke to a supervisor who really listened to us when we shared the information about Sky Chefs with him. He agreed to send all our material up the management chain. Since he had agreed to share information with his higher-ups, we didn’t leaflet, and at first our team was disappointed that we didn’t encounter the same excitement other teams had. But when we talked about the action in the car aftNew Orleans Leafleterwards, we remembered that we had accomplished our goal to bring the truth to higher levels of the company. So both Johnny’s team and our team were successful, just in different ways!”
– Jibran, Summer Organizer, Phoenix

New Orleans was also rocking and rolling, thanks to the hard work of Summer Organizers Charles, Zachary and Michael and their volunteers!

Fighting for Justice at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Concessions workers at O’Hare and Midway still aren’t guaranteed a living wage by Chicago, and their job security is still uncertain, but the word is getting out.

The Summer Organizers, volunteers, Local 1 organizers, hotel and airport workers have been working hard to make sure that these are prevalent issues in the minds of aldermen, community groups and Chicagoans alike. We’ve been canvassing for weeks in targeted wards of Chicago about the Stable Jobs Stable Airports Ordinance,  and this Thursday night and Saturday morning were no exception.

It was quiet Thursday night, foreshadowing the hailstorm that would trap us in a Burger King in Humboldt Park, and would consequently make me question my reasoning in abandoning sunny California for severe weather-prone Chicago!

But we soldiered on. Saturday saw us out again, this time in 95 degree heat. In spite of the humidity, we collected a record number of signatures – 373 in just one ward, which is about one third of our goal. I think the heat actually helped – people were home, staying close to their air conditioning, and they commended our effort and tenacity, kindly offering water and soda.

So although it was a physically tough day, we were very successful and felt great about our progress! – Sophia, Summer Organizer, Chicago