So there is a boycott of Usdan planned starting tomorrow, Wednesday 9/19. The plan is to skip out on breakfast and lunch at Usdan in order to demand better pricing and show support for worker’s rights.
It was also suggested to me by a friend to have a large number of people storm the Marketplace during lunch, get their food, and just sit on the Marketplace floor to eat.
Really, the sky’s the limit.
Holly adds (by request):
Or, well, here’s a thought. If you’re concerned about worker’s rights, you could, you know, ask them what would most help them. A boycott, as above anon suggested, probably won’t do anything but spoil all the food they’ve made for lunch. You’ve technically already paid for it. That’s the biggest problem facing a boycott. It’s not actually impacting them.
I mean, it’s all well and good to send a message. But a stronger message would be to target Wesleyan more than BA, since as we’ve said before on this blog, everything BA does Wesleyan has to approve of and being students (and future alum donors, mind you) we have a better chance of exerting pressure there than we do against BA which, as I’ve said, has us by the balls in terms of the power of the purse.
So the tactic might be to target admissions. Since Usdan is right across the street from admissions, protest on Wyllys Avenue. That’s going to get some fucking attention no matter what. Do that every lunch for a week. See what happens.
As for food costs, I wish I knew. This has always been a problem even with Aramark. Fucking $13 dried blueberries, what?