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#LivingOffTips

#LivingOffTips

Today is 2/13.  Now, this day may be significant for some because that means they have only one day to finalize their purchases of candy hearts, chocolates and roses.  However, this particular string of numbers—02/13—is particularly significant for one very large segment of the U.S. workforce: those who are, quite literally, living off tips.  Many… Read more »

If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

Over the years, we at Real Food, Real Jobs have built partnerships with organizations and individuals across the food system.  From students to consumers to workers, we are constantly meeting new partners in our work for food that is truly sustainable.  One of the most inspiring examples of that work is taking place in a… Read more »

Real Food, Real Jobs in profile

Real Food, Real Jobs in profile

True to our name, we spend a lot of time here talking about, well, real food and real jobs: good-tasting, sustainably-produced food that is harvested, prepared, cooked and served by individuals who are respected for the important work that they do.  Even so, sometimes it’s hard to explain what exactly that means.   That’s why… Read more »

Contract settlement a “pathway to cooking” for New Haven cafeteria workers

Contract settlement a “pathway to cooking” for New Haven cafeteria workers

2013 went out with a bang for lunchroom workers across the country!  In Chicago, 97 Chicago Public Schools cafeterias won their jobs back following a semester-long campaign led by workers and allies.  And just before Christmas, New Haven Public School (NHPS) cafeteria workers—members of UNITE HERE Local 217— voted overwhelmingly to ratify both a new… Read more »

97 CPS lunchroom workers headed back to work!

97 CPS lunchroom workers headed back to work!

For two years, lunchroom workers in Chicago Public Schools have led the Let’s Cook campaign to bring more freshly cooked food into their cafeterias.  They celebrated a victory earlier this year when CPS committed to end a program that during the 2012-2013 school year served previously frozen, pre-packaged meals in 25% of schools. In July 2013, CPS announced the layoff of… Read more »

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