Working for Food Justice: Announcing the BVWU

Many of those who work to put food on our plates can't afford to feed themselves. Most of Portland’s foodservice workers earn minimum wage and are nearly twice as likely to be at or near poverty compared to the workforce overall. Corporate fast food executives reap huge profits on the backs of workers who are struggling to provide for their families. To earn a living wage and the respect they deserve, workers need a collective voice. On April 26th, fast food workers and their supporters organized a rally and march to launch the Burgerville Workers Union and announce their vision for a more sustainable and just Burgerville.

This vision includes a $5.00 raise, affordable and quality healthcare, a safe and healthy workplace, fair and consistent scheduling with ample notice, and a supportive and sustainable workplace.

Working for Food Justice: Announcing the BVWU will educate the public about this historic organizing campaign in our city. This campaign calls on Burgerville, who is lauded for their commitment to sustainability and community, to also care about the wellbeing of those who work to put food on our plates. We will hear directly from workers on the front lines of this struggle and extend conversations about food justice to encompass worker struggles. We cannot have a sustainable and just food system until all food workers have safe, stable, and meaningful jobs.

Suggested donation: $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We are an all-volunteer organization. Your contribution goes a long way to making the BVWU stronger. Donations go to paying for buttons, printing, action supplies, and a hardship fund in case of retaliation. Thanks for your support!

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