Sanders rallied with workers who went on strike earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
The Senate’s food service vendor is pushing back against lawmakers’ criticism of the organization’s approach to worker wages and conditions, an embarrassing situation that has led to boycotts of cafeterias, including by Senate leaders.
In a Nov. 13 letter to the CEO of Restaurant Associates’ parent company, Compass Group, Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and the majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, expressed concern about workers’ wages and their ability to unionize. The senators also noted that the National Labor Relations Board found merit in allegations of retaliation against workers who went on strike. The company is now seeking to refute those claims. Full story