The RWDSU/UFCW’s Retail Action Project recently released a survey about the daily workplace and living conditions of food service workers who serve students and faculty members throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system.
The report, titled “Struggling to Feed Their Own Families, A Survey of CUNY’s Food Service Workers,” includes responses from approximately 450 CUNY food service workers spread across 14 campuses in various settings from cafeterias to kiosks. CUNY serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City and employs over 41,500 instructional and classified staff. However, CUNY’s food service workers are employed by contractors and not considered classified staff.
According to the survey, 50 percent of respondents reported an annual household income of $30,000 of less, and less than one-third of respondents reported receiving a raise other than a minimum wage increase. Nearly two-thirds of respondents reported that someone in their household received SNAP or WIC benefits, and nearly 80 percent reported that someone in their household received Medicaid. Only seven respondents reported that they have health insurance through their job, while almost half do not receive paid sick days.
You can read the full report here.