Jimmy John’s Workers Protest Order To Serve Rotten Meat

Jimmy Johns Worker

At the Jimmy John’s location in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood on Sunday, Davis Ritsema and other employees of the fast food chain rallied in solidarity with their colleague Margaret Brickely, who in mid-September was pressured by her supervisor to serve rotten meat to customers. Brickely had noticed that the meat and produce she pulled out of the cooler was warm and beginning to rot. The coolers had broken, leaving the meat at room temperature overnight. Margaret refused to serve the meat, and management initially threatening her job in retaliation. Jimmy John’s workers in Minneapolis have also organized to unionize, citing low wages, employee harassment and allegations of racial and sexual discrimination at other Jimmy John’s locations also owned by Mike and Rob Mulligan. Workers at nine Minneapolis Jimmy John’s locations made history on Sept. 13 when they filed for the first-ever National Labor Relations Board union election at the national fast food chain.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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