Anna-Maria Macko, Dining Director & President Tatum (Spelman College): Immediately re-hire Bernita Murray
On March 1, Ms. Bernita Murray, an Aramark Dining Services employee on Spelman College's campus was fired because of allegedly not permitting a student to have a carry-out plate. The student claimed she wanted a carry-out plate so she could go to work study. Bernita gave her a plastic plate instead because without a Spelman ID, or her work study supervisor’s presence, there was no proof that the student had a meal plan or was permitted to have carry-out privileges like other work study students.
Bernita was never given a chance to explain her side of the story. She received a termination notice on March 1, and worked her last day on Spelman’s campus on March 6. This incident brings a very large issue to light. Campus workers on Spelman College’s campus can be fired at any moment, and for majority of the times, (like Ms. Bernita’s) it can be for no reason at all. Please sign this petition to re-hire Bernita immediately!
Bernita was never given a chance to explain her side of the story. She received a termination notice on March 1, and worked her last day on Spelman’s campus on March 6.
The Spelman College community, especially students, are deeply saddened by Aramark’s choice to end her employment. Additionally, we believe that it is awful that Spelman College campus workers can be fired at will without a proper hearing or fair discussion of the allegations that will take away their livelihood. Ms. Bernita is due the love and respect of the college to be heard and her job restored.
We understand you were not the Spelman Dining Director when this occurred, but as the new director, we know you have the authority to correct this injustice. A lot of members of the Spelman and Atlanta community are unhappy with Aramark's decision to let go of such a committed and respected worker. We believe your company’s choice and handling of the situation is completely against the mission of Spelman College. Students don't want the type of company in our community that treats workers this way. The good news is you do have the power to make things right by supporting Bernita and the Spelman College community. Ms. Macko, please be the strong leader we know you are and immediately re-hire Ms Bernita.