Local Leaders Join in Solidarity of Sodexho Workers

The Sodexho Workers’ continuing fight for fair wages, affordable health care, and better working conditions has generating considerable community support.

Last month, the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee supported a resolution that called on the chancellor to grant the Sodexho workers university employee status.

At that time, many of the Democratic leaders from Yolo County including both Assembly candidates Mariko Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon, both Supervisor Candidates Jim Provenza and John Ferraro, all stepped forward with strong support for the Sodexho workers.

Not included in the original article was a statement by Davis City Councilmember Lamar Heystek:

“Coming from a background of organized labor and having served as a shop steward, I have not only sympathized with Sodexho employees who seek to improve their working conditions and compensation, I have stood with them and will remain by their side. You see, Sodexho workers are not merely members of the university community – they are members of the greater Davis community. And as the University continues to deny Sodexho employees parity with their UC-employed counterparts, these workers continue to lack the economic security to live comfortably in Davis. It perpetuates the unfair notion that poorly compensated workers pose a “burden” on the community when they need health care and social services. And whose fault is that? Certainly not theirs.”

Also West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon has appeared on the behalf of the Sodexho Workers at numerous public rallies including the one last Thursday.

The Vanguard videotaped the bulk of his comments from Thursday and placed it on you tube.

Please click on the video below to watch the Mayor’s brief but eloquent comments on the Sodexho workers and the need for them to become university employees.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. “Democratic leaders from Yolo County including both Assembly candidates Mariko Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon, both Supervisor Candidates Jim Provenza and John Ferraro, all stepped forward with strong support for the Sodexho workers.”

    politicians doing what politicians do.

    Okay, lets assume these people get what they want. The Sodexho get to be Univ. Employees. Where is the $ going to come from to pay for that? Simple. Raise the price of tuition/food. Lay off workers. So you rob John to pay Jack.

    Second, many of these employees aren’t students. Why should non-students at Sodexho get student benefits?

    Third, the key issue is not being addressed. Vanderhoef and crew will fix it so they get their salaries regardless of the outcome of this fight.

  2. “Democratic leaders from Yolo County including both Assembly candidates Mariko Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon, both Supervisor Candidates Jim Provenza and John Ferraro, all stepped forward with strong support for the Sodexho workers.”

    politicians doing what politicians do.

    Okay, lets assume these people get what they want. The Sodexho get to be Univ. Employees. Where is the $ going to come from to pay for that? Simple. Raise the price of tuition/food. Lay off workers. So you rob John to pay Jack.

    Second, many of these employees aren’t students. Why should non-students at Sodexho get student benefits?

    Third, the key issue is not being addressed. Vanderhoef and crew will fix it so they get their salaries regardless of the outcome of this fight.

  3. “Democratic leaders from Yolo County including both Assembly candidates Mariko Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon, both Supervisor Candidates Jim Provenza and John Ferraro, all stepped forward with strong support for the Sodexho workers.”

    politicians doing what politicians do.

    Okay, lets assume these people get what they want. The Sodexho get to be Univ. Employees. Where is the $ going to come from to pay for that? Simple. Raise the price of tuition/food. Lay off workers. So you rob John to pay Jack.

    Second, many of these employees aren’t students. Why should non-students at Sodexho get student benefits?

    Third, the key issue is not being addressed. Vanderhoef and crew will fix it so they get their salaries regardless of the outcome of this fight.

  4. “Democratic leaders from Yolo County including both Assembly candidates Mariko Yamada and Christopher Cabaldon, both Supervisor Candidates Jim Provenza and John Ferraro, all stepped forward with strong support for the Sodexho workers.”

    politicians doing what politicians do.

    Okay, lets assume these people get what they want. The Sodexho get to be Univ. Employees. Where is the $ going to come from to pay for that? Simple. Raise the price of tuition/food. Lay off workers. So you rob John to pay Jack.

    Second, many of these employees aren’t students. Why should non-students at Sodexho get student benefits?

    Third, the key issue is not being addressed. Vanderhoef and crew will fix it so they get their salaries regardless of the outcome of this fight.

  5. Nice Speech, Mayor Cabaldon. But it’s apparently easier to care about the poor in West Sacramento from a podium in Davis, than it is from the dais in West Sacramento.

    Ask the low-income Latino families of Broderick whether or not they feel welcomed by your so called “renaissance”.

    Ask the mobile home park residents along West Capitol how they feel about your responsiveness to their escalating rents and the city’s redevelopment (read: gentrification) plans for the area. You have ignored their cries for help for two years, even though some of them have lived in those parks for 30 years.

    Cabaldon is pandering for votes – he attends an Obama office opening one week, and speaks from the podium at a Clinton rally the next. I guess he figures no one is paying attention?

  6. Nice Speech, Mayor Cabaldon. But it’s apparently easier to care about the poor in West Sacramento from a podium in Davis, than it is from the dais in West Sacramento.

    Ask the low-income Latino families of Broderick whether or not they feel welcomed by your so called “renaissance”.

    Ask the mobile home park residents along West Capitol how they feel about your responsiveness to their escalating rents and the city’s redevelopment (read: gentrification) plans for the area. You have ignored their cries for help for two years, even though some of them have lived in those parks for 30 years.

    Cabaldon is pandering for votes – he attends an Obama office opening one week, and speaks from the podium at a Clinton rally the next. I guess he figures no one is paying attention?

  7. Nice Speech, Mayor Cabaldon. But it’s apparently easier to care about the poor in West Sacramento from a podium in Davis, than it is from the dais in West Sacramento.

    Ask the low-income Latino families of Broderick whether or not they feel welcomed by your so called “renaissance”.

    Ask the mobile home park residents along West Capitol how they feel about your responsiveness to their escalating rents and the city’s redevelopment (read: gentrification) plans for the area. You have ignored their cries for help for two years, even though some of them have lived in those parks for 30 years.

    Cabaldon is pandering for votes – he attends an Obama office opening one week, and speaks from the podium at a Clinton rally the next. I guess he figures no one is paying attention?

  8. Nice Speech, Mayor Cabaldon. But it’s apparently easier to care about the poor in West Sacramento from a podium in Davis, than it is from the dais in West Sacramento.

    Ask the low-income Latino families of Broderick whether or not they feel welcomed by your so called “renaissance”.

    Ask the mobile home park residents along West Capitol how they feel about your responsiveness to their escalating rents and the city’s redevelopment (read: gentrification) plans for the area. You have ignored their cries for help for two years, even though some of them have lived in those parks for 30 years.

    Cabaldon is pandering for votes – he attends an Obama office opening one week, and speaks from the podium at a Clinton rally the next. I guess he figures no one is paying attention?

  9. I agree with “From the Darkside” here. Grandstanding is easy – solving problems is not. Politicians grandstand. Whoop-te-do! Then grandstanding politicians go away, having gotten their sixty second sound bite. Whatever the problem was still remains.

    Let’s face it, any cost of providing better benefits for workers will result in higher prices for already cashed strapped students. These food service jobs should be going to only students anyway, or am I missing something here?

    I do have one question though. Isn’t the contract with Sodexho slated to end very soon? If yes, all of this seems more a tempest in a teapot, that will end up hitting students in their already sparse pocketbook.

  10. I agree with “From the Darkside” here. Grandstanding is easy – solving problems is not. Politicians grandstand. Whoop-te-do! Then grandstanding politicians go away, having gotten their sixty second sound bite. Whatever the problem was still remains.

    Let’s face it, any cost of providing better benefits for workers will result in higher prices for already cashed strapped students. These food service jobs should be going to only students anyway, or am I missing something here?

    I do have one question though. Isn’t the contract with Sodexho slated to end very soon? If yes, all of this seems more a tempest in a teapot, that will end up hitting students in their already sparse pocketbook.

  11. I agree with “From the Darkside” here. Grandstanding is easy – solving problems is not. Politicians grandstand. Whoop-te-do! Then grandstanding politicians go away, having gotten their sixty second sound bite. Whatever the problem was still remains.

    Let’s face it, any cost of providing better benefits for workers will result in higher prices for already cashed strapped students. These food service jobs should be going to only students anyway, or am I missing something here?

    I do have one question though. Isn’t the contract with Sodexho slated to end very soon? If yes, all of this seems more a tempest in a teapot, that will end up hitting students in their already sparse pocketbook.

  12. I agree with “From the Darkside” here. Grandstanding is easy – solving problems is not. Politicians grandstand. Whoop-te-do! Then grandstanding politicians go away, having gotten their sixty second sound bite. Whatever the problem was still remains.

    Let’s face it, any cost of providing better benefits for workers will result in higher prices for already cashed strapped students. These food service jobs should be going to only students anyway, or am I missing something here?

    I do have one question though. Isn’t the contract with Sodexho slated to end very soon? If yes, all of this seems more a tempest in a teapot, that will end up hitting students in their already sparse pocketbook.

  13. to Oh Brother…
    I’m not sure if you all have been reading all these blogs or not for the whole story. I am not sure if those workers can wait… the report the faculty just released had stories of workers crying after work everyday from the treatment, unresponsive and disrespectful management, and people with health conditions that nearly killed them!
    Do you really expect them to wait when their problems continue?
    I commend these workers for continuing and not giving up. It’s HIGH time for the Chancellor to do the right thing here and put UCD in line with ALL THE OTHER UCs!

    Oh, and to the Darkside… the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.
    Cut out the profits and you’ve got some dough for sure, and you can run dining halls just like ALL THE OTHER UCs do it!

  14. to Oh Brother…
    I’m not sure if you all have been reading all these blogs or not for the whole story. I am not sure if those workers can wait… the report the faculty just released had stories of workers crying after work everyday from the treatment, unresponsive and disrespectful management, and people with health conditions that nearly killed them!
    Do you really expect them to wait when their problems continue?
    I commend these workers for continuing and not giving up. It’s HIGH time for the Chancellor to do the right thing here and put UCD in line with ALL THE OTHER UCs!

    Oh, and to the Darkside… the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.
    Cut out the profits and you’ve got some dough for sure, and you can run dining halls just like ALL THE OTHER UCs do it!

  15. to Oh Brother…
    I’m not sure if you all have been reading all these blogs or not for the whole story. I am not sure if those workers can wait… the report the faculty just released had stories of workers crying after work everyday from the treatment, unresponsive and disrespectful management, and people with health conditions that nearly killed them!
    Do you really expect them to wait when their problems continue?
    I commend these workers for continuing and not giving up. It’s HIGH time for the Chancellor to do the right thing here and put UCD in line with ALL THE OTHER UCs!

    Oh, and to the Darkside… the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.
    Cut out the profits and you’ve got some dough for sure, and you can run dining halls just like ALL THE OTHER UCs do it!

  16. to Oh Brother…
    I’m not sure if you all have been reading all these blogs or not for the whole story. I am not sure if those workers can wait… the report the faculty just released had stories of workers crying after work everyday from the treatment, unresponsive and disrespectful management, and people with health conditions that nearly killed them!
    Do you really expect them to wait when their problems continue?
    I commend these workers for continuing and not giving up. It’s HIGH time for the Chancellor to do the right thing here and put UCD in line with ALL THE OTHER UCs!

    Oh, and to the Darkside… the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.
    Cut out the profits and you’ve got some dough for sure, and you can run dining halls just like ALL THE OTHER UCs do it!

  17. Billy the Kid said…

    “the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.”

    So Universities are simply about “the public good?”

    Give me a break. I have never seen a research grant they didn’t like, no matter how rediculous.

    The athletic dpt. gets $ for a division 1 stadium when the football field will suffice

    The Memorial Union gets fancy LCD TV’s

    upgrades to the arboretum

    $ for upgrading new buses because they are “eco friendly”

    60 million for Mondavi entertainment center

    If the university cut out these niceties, they could easily pay the workers their benefits. But I don’t hear these workers complaining about that.

  18. Billy the Kid said…

    “the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.”

    So Universities are simply about “the public good?”

    Give me a break. I have never seen a research grant they didn’t like, no matter how rediculous.

    The athletic dpt. gets $ for a division 1 stadium when the football field will suffice

    The Memorial Union gets fancy LCD TV’s

    upgrades to the arboretum

    $ for upgrading new buses because they are “eco friendly”

    60 million for Mondavi entertainment center

    If the university cut out these niceties, they could easily pay the workers their benefits. But I don’t hear these workers complaining about that.

  19. Billy the Kid said…

    “the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.”

    So Universities are simply about “the public good?”

    Give me a break. I have never seen a research grant they didn’t like, no matter how rediculous.

    The athletic dpt. gets $ for a division 1 stadium when the football field will suffice

    The Memorial Union gets fancy LCD TV’s

    upgrades to the arboretum

    $ for upgrading new buses because they are “eco friendly”

    60 million for Mondavi entertainment center

    If the university cut out these niceties, they could easily pay the workers their benefits. But I don’t hear these workers complaining about that.

  20. Billy the Kid said…

    “the money is there. Don’t let the University make you into a fool. I’m sure you know the difference between public and private operations? One extracts and maximizes profits while the other works for the public good- including workers.”

    So Universities are simply about “the public good?”

    Give me a break. I have never seen a research grant they didn’t like, no matter how rediculous.

    The athletic dpt. gets $ for a division 1 stadium when the football field will suffice

    The Memorial Union gets fancy LCD TV’s

    upgrades to the arboretum

    $ for upgrading new buses because they are “eco friendly”

    60 million for Mondavi entertainment center

    If the university cut out these niceties, they could easily pay the workers their benefits. But I don’t hear these workers complaining about that.

  21. Lamar Heystek,
    You are no longer a union rep. You are a city councilman for ALL the people of Davis. What are you doing about issues concerning 70,000 people as opposed to a few hundred???
    You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.

  22. Lamar Heystek,
    You are no longer a union rep. You are a city councilman for ALL the people of Davis. What are you doing about issues concerning 70,000 people as opposed to a few hundred???
    You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.

  23. Lamar Heystek,
    You are no longer a union rep. You are a city councilman for ALL the people of Davis. What are you doing about issues concerning 70,000 people as opposed to a few hundred???
    You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.

  24. Lamar Heystek,
    You are no longer a union rep. You are a city councilman for ALL the people of Davis. What are you doing about issues concerning 70,000 people as opposed to a few hundred???
    You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.

  25. “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    Really, where’s your evidence? The majority in this town, perhaps 70 percent are Democrats, most Democrats are supportive of unions. Unless you have actual evidence, I’m inclined to believe you are full of it.

  26. “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    Really, where’s your evidence? The majority in this town, perhaps 70 percent are Democrats, most Democrats are supportive of unions. Unless you have actual evidence, I’m inclined to believe you are full of it.

  27. “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    Really, where’s your evidence? The majority in this town, perhaps 70 percent are Democrats, most Democrats are supportive of unions. Unless you have actual evidence, I’m inclined to believe you are full of it.

  28. “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    Really, where’s your evidence? The majority in this town, perhaps 70 percent are Democrats, most Democrats are supportive of unions. Unless you have actual evidence, I’m inclined to believe you are full of it.

  29. To: Where is your evidence?
    I worked inthe middle of it for decades. The employee’s reesented being forced to pay union dues by that union boot licker grey davis. Do you understand ,I worked with the forced employee’s for decades? They gave me their opinions daily.
    Now, where is your evidence? Being a Democrat, Yes I am one, has absolutely nothing to do with support or non support of blood sucking unions. Your evidence is woefully lacking and YOU’RE FULL OF IT.

  30. To: Where is your evidence?
    I worked inthe middle of it for decades. The employee’s reesented being forced to pay union dues by that union boot licker grey davis. Do you understand ,I worked with the forced employee’s for decades? They gave me their opinions daily.
    Now, where is your evidence? Being a Democrat, Yes I am one, has absolutely nothing to do with support or non support of blood sucking unions. Your evidence is woefully lacking and YOU’RE FULL OF IT.

  31. To: Where is your evidence?
    I worked inthe middle of it for decades. The employee’s reesented being forced to pay union dues by that union boot licker grey davis. Do you understand ,I worked with the forced employee’s for decades? They gave me their opinions daily.
    Now, where is your evidence? Being a Democrat, Yes I am one, has absolutely nothing to do with support or non support of blood sucking unions. Your evidence is woefully lacking and YOU’RE FULL OF IT.

  32. To: Where is your evidence?
    I worked inthe middle of it for decades. The employee’s reesented being forced to pay union dues by that union boot licker grey davis. Do you understand ,I worked with the forced employee’s for decades? They gave me their opinions daily.
    Now, where is your evidence? Being a Democrat, Yes I am one, has absolutely nothing to do with support or non support of blood sucking unions. Your evidence is woefully lacking and YOU’RE FULL OF IT.

  33. That doesn’t respond to my question posed earlier.

    You stated:

    “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    I asked for evidence that the majority do not share Lamar’s views on unions (presumably the majority meaning in Davis.

    In response you fail to provide any evidence other than calling people a litany of names and complain that because of Gray Davis you were forced to be part of a union.

    None of that is relevant to the point made above.

    So I ask you again, by what evidence other than your own anti-union opinions do you assert that the majority of people in Davis are not with Lamar on the issue of unions?

  34. That doesn’t respond to my question posed earlier.

    You stated:

    “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    I asked for evidence that the majority do not share Lamar’s views on unions (presumably the majority meaning in Davis.

    In response you fail to provide any evidence other than calling people a litany of names and complain that because of Gray Davis you were forced to be part of a union.

    None of that is relevant to the point made above.

    So I ask you again, by what evidence other than your own anti-union opinions do you assert that the majority of people in Davis are not with Lamar on the issue of unions?

  35. That doesn’t respond to my question posed earlier.

    You stated:

    “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    I asked for evidence that the majority do not share Lamar’s views on unions (presumably the majority meaning in Davis.

    In response you fail to provide any evidence other than calling people a litany of names and complain that because of Gray Davis you were forced to be part of a union.

    None of that is relevant to the point made above.

    So I ask you again, by what evidence other than your own anti-union opinions do you assert that the majority of people in Davis are not with Lamar on the issue of unions?

  36. That doesn’t respond to my question posed earlier.

    You stated:

    “You may find this hard to believe but the majority do not share your views on unions.”

    I asked for evidence that the majority do not share Lamar’s views on unions (presumably the majority meaning in Davis.

    In response you fail to provide any evidence other than calling people a litany of names and complain that because of Gray Davis you were forced to be part of a union.

    None of that is relevant to the point made above.

    So I ask you again, by what evidence other than your own anti-union opinions do you assert that the majority of people in Davis are not with Lamar on the issue of unions?

  37. The only evidence I can give to you is that you are suffering from rectal cranial displacement. Time will prove out the statements. You make less of a point than I. The End

  38. The only evidence I can give to you is that you are suffering from rectal cranial displacement. Time will prove out the statements. You make less of a point than I. The End

  39. The only evidence I can give to you is that you are suffering from rectal cranial displacement. Time will prove out the statements. You make less of a point than I. The End

  40. The only evidence I can give to you is that you are suffering from rectal cranial displacement. Time will prove out the statements. You make less of a point than I. The End

  41. To: “I rest My Case”,

    That was an interesting exchange between the two of you. However the one Anon person gave an experience situation and you just made a blanket statement about, “perhaps”(your word) democratic union support, with no evidence or source included.
    In addition you were the first one to offer an insult,”you’re full of it”. I am inclined to believe that you are intolerant of anyone else’s opinion. Most likely you are the one full of it and the “it” is yourself.