Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from...

Lunchroom Workers Demand to Cook for Students

Apr 12, 2012 Aaron Krager 2 Comments
Lunchroom Workers Demand to Cook for Students

The lunchroom workers in Chicago Public School’s took to the street outside of the Board of Education headquarters yesterday afternoon with a simple demand: “Let Us Cook.”

Workers called on CPS to overhaul their current practice of serving pre-plated packaged meals to students. They backed up their protest with a new report, “Kitchens Without Cooks,” showing the school board’s intention of building warming kitchens in four of every five elementary schools. CPS even stated, “All new K-8 schools, additions, and renovation projects are planned to be built with warming kitchens.”

“We have food come in, put it on racks, and push it in the oven,” said Patricia Williams, 10-year veteran of school lunchrooms. “We don’t have any utensils, pots and pans. None of that. We warm what they send us in boxes.”

Frozen food’s nutritional value is suspect at best. A recent episode of “Tiny Desk Kitchen” showed 25 ingredients, other than meat, in a typical hamburger served at school.

Some of the added ingredients are vitamins and minerals while others compensate for the artificiality of the beef patty. The necessity of such additional ingredients points to the poor quality of the food. Frontline workers in school cafeterias see and know this.

The kids used to eat the food in Sawyer when we cooked,” said Leo Carter, a lunchroom worker for the last 13 years. “Now that we use the frozen food I see a lot of food going in the garbage. Cooking may be more work for me but I’d do it for the kids.”

Carter has a child and a couple nieces and nephews in CPS. They tell him that the food does not taste good. He joined the protest as a concerned father and lunchroom worker. The report echoes his desire for better food in the schools.

Workers want CPS to commit to full-size kitchens in all new schools and refrain from having frozen food replace cooked food. The union claims more than 1,000 signatures from concerned parents. Members dispersed around the loop after the protest to collect more signatures and pass out bananas.

“We used to cook,” said Williams. “We had seasoning and we could make it like home cooking. Now we just warm it. Can’t do anything.”

Unite HERE Local 1 represents 3,200 lunchroom workers in CPS who prepare more than 77,000 school breakfasts and 280,000 lunches in over 600 schools each day.

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