Media Advisory: SFU Food Service Workers to Hold Rally for a Living Wage

WHAT: Food service workers at SFU will be demonstrating today, Thursday March 31, to urge Chartwells, a dining services contractor, to give them a living wage as they resume contract bargaining.

WHERE: Convocation Mall at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC

WHEN: TODAY, Thursday March 31 at 4 pm 

WHO: SFU food service workers and community allies

WHY: With inflation soaring across the lower mainland and the impact of Covid reducing hours of work and instigating safety concerns, SFU food service workers are fighting for a living wage, safer workloads, and the same benefits as direct SFU employees. While bargaining resumed earlier in March due to pressure from workers’ button-up action where they donned “Living Wage Now!” buttons, the company has given a proposal far below what workers are demanding. Food service workers at SFU are represented by UNITE HERE Local 40.

VISUALS: SFU food service workers and community allies marching, making noise and holding signs that say “Living Wage NOW!”

Contact: Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356 or


UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality workers’ union and represents members in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at