Student Labor Action Project
Started 2 petitions
Test Dining Hall Workers NOW
Every day Penn is testing thousands of students and employees, but is refusing to test most subcontracted dining hall workers until at least February 5th. It has only tested Falk dining hall workers once. This is UNACCEPTABLE. As Penn opens its campus, it is relying on these workers to supply meals to students in a risky environment. Refusing to test these workers immediately is especially dangerous because people are coming from all over the country and world during this initial period. These workers deserve regular and immediate access to testing services. At the rate that COVID-19 is spreading, workers feel that waiting two weeks to test them shows that the University and Bon Appetit do not have any regard for their safety, or the general wellbeing of the Penn community that would also be affected by any outbreak. Workers cite that one employee has already tested positive for COVID-19, but they found out through social media. Bon Appetit did not even deem it appropriate to communicate this to them until two days later, further putting more lives at risk. And while there are testing sites incredibly close to where they work, dining hall workers are required to go to public testing locations that are off-campus. This is incredibly inconvenient and disrespectful, given that Penn employees are able to use these closer campus sites. Subcontracted workers are continuously being disadvantaged because of their position. We demand that the University of Pennsylvania immediately start testing ALL employees for COVID-19, including subcontracted dining hall workers, at their testing sites.
Don’t Lay Off Penn Dining Workers
In a time where the world is relying on community to stay safe and healthy, Penn Dining and Bon Appetit are pulling the rug under from dining hall workers by laying off all workers at retail dining locations including Houston, Pret-A-Manger, Falk Dining Cafe, and Joe’s Cafe, after March 31st. Workers were made aware of this situation Sunday, and are now expected to figure out how to deal with the current crises amidst this drastic economic measure. Workers are also not receiving financial support from Bon Appétit during this transition. This irresponsible and fundamentally evil move puts the lives and health of important Penn community members in jeopardy, especially considering the global pandemic we are currently facing. Penn must be held accountable for its actions against its workers, and ultimately, humanity. Please sign this petition and urge Penn to not lay-off these workers. This is a time all community members can come to support dining hall workers and let Penn know that we will not let these actions go by unnoticed and unaddressed. Help keep our community and our world safe. #HoldPennAccountable #SolidaritytoAllWorkers