Rights groups raise concern over Sodexo practices

Two recently released reports chronicle worker accounts of unfair practices by Sodexo, and European multinational corporations, including Sodexo, that take steps to keep workers in the United States from organizing, according to rights activist who spoke out Wednesday.

The living and working conditions of Sodexo employees in the United States and other countries do not meet standards for human and workplace rights, according to TransAfrica Forum, a global justice organization focusing on Africa, and Human Rights Watch, an international human rights advocacy group.

Students fast in support of food workers

Supporters of the dining workers gather in the North Plaza with signs on Thursday afternoon (Peter Flint). 

Dining's use of pre-release program with county inmates draws attenton, criticism

The work-release program is operated through the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office in collaboration with the SkillSource Group, a local non-profit organization (CC, cliff1066

Fall for the Book Authors Back Dining Workers in Latest Ad

Ten writers in this year’s Fall for the Book festival are lending their support to the Service Employees International Union which is currently assisting Sodexo workers in their dispute over alleged low wages and poor working conditions on the Mason campus.

Sodexo workers strike, plan rally for afternoon

A group of George Mason University's Sodexo-employed cafeteria workers have gone on strike today in order to protest alleged unsafe working conditions in Mason's cafeterias. They intend to rally this afternoon near Mason's Fairfax campus.

Connect2Mason received a press release this morning from SEIU alerting us to an upcoming rally by Sodexo workers from Mason's cafeterias. The workers have alleged unsafe conditions, retaliation from Sodexo over demands for safe jobs, a lack of reasonable benefits and intimidation. Mason Cafeteria workers intend to hold this rally at the intersection of Braddock and Roanoke Rd today at 1:30 pm.

Connect2Mason is continuing to follow up on this story and will have more information soon. 

Pilot House sets sail, NY-style pizza docks at Mason

As of New School Year’s Eve 2010, Ike’s is no longer the only late-night eatery on the George Mason University campus.

The Pilot House opened its doors to the Mason community Sunday at 5 p.m. Attached to the new dormitory Hampton Roads, The Pilot House is a 120-seat dining venue that is expected to alleviate the rush at Ike’s.

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