Fight for good service

Workers and union members protested against food service provider Aramark for higher wages in downtown on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Led by the Service Employees International Union, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and UNITE HERE, the protest gathered approximately 1,000 Aramark workers from local area venues, which include the George R. Brown Convention Center and Reliant Park.

Aramark has been the UH food service provider since 2005, after student complaints of previous food service provider Chartwells prompted the University to change, The Daily Cougar reported on Nov. 8.

City council representatives Adrian Garcia and M.J. Khan, as well as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee were also present at the rally to show support for the wage increase, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The Houston Chronicle also reported that officials at UH, Reliant Park and George R. Brown Convention Center declined to comment.

Last November, SEIU led demonstrations for its Justice for Janitors campaign, which successfully sought to get custodial workers higher wages to $8.50 an hour from $5.30.

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