From D.C. to Paris -- Sodexo Food Service Workers Kick Off Two-Country Tour to Campaign for A Better Life for Themselves and Better Nutrition for the Children They Serve

Jan 19, 2010, 12:26 ET from Service Employees International Union

Workers to Expose Sodexo for Paying Near Poverty Wages in the U.S.;

Will Meet with Lawmakers to Urge Them to Pass the Child Nutrition Act

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting on Tuesday, January 19, a delegation of Sodexo cafeteria and food service workers will arrive in Washington, D.C. to kick off a two-country tour to garner support for their struggle with Sodexo to raise standards for themselves as well as nutritional standards for the children they serve.

In Washington, D.C., workers will meet with lawmakers in town for the 78th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and with Congressional lawmakers to share their personal struggles to survive on Sodexo's near poverty wages -- as well as to lend their support for legislation to improve nutrition for the children they serve.  Workers will close their week in Washington, D.C. with a rally outside Sodexo's U.S. headquarters before taking their message to the company's annual shareholder meeting in Paris, France.

Workers from the following cities will be participating in the Tour: Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, LA; West Orange, New Jersey; Easton, Pennsylvania; Lawrence,  Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; Latrop, California; Manteca, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Troy, New York.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, January 19:  Lobby Day on Capitol Hill

Individual meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill; release of online ads on the Child Nutrition Act; press availability throughout the day.

Wednesday, January 20:   Release of Report on Sodexo

10:00 a.m. ET

Release of report "How Sodexo Feeds Poverty in the U.S."

Thursday, January 21:  Rally at Sodexo HQ

10:30 a.m. ET

9801 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg

Dozens of Sodexo cafeteria workers will end off rally at Sodexo Headquarters in Gaithersburg.

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SOURCE Service Employees International Union