An Open Letter to Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce

Won’t you be a better neighbor?

November 18, 2013

Dear Mr. Benioff,

Dreamforce StickerWhen San Francisco welcomes tens of thousands of visitors for Dreamforce 2013, the conference goers will be cared for from morning to night by the hardworking members of UNITE HERE Local 2, San Francisco’s hospitality worker union. We are the room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, servers, bussers, and dishwashers who will clean the hotel rooms, carry the bags, and cook and serve the food in the hotels, at the Moscone Center, and at AT&T Park. We are the people who make San Francisco’s hospitality industry work, and we are happy to welcome your guests to our city.

But not all of the workers your guests will encounter are being treated well. 750 food service workers at AT&T Park are in the fight of our lives. We have been working without a contract or wage increase for four years. We are trying to achieve a fair contract with wage increases, decent benefits, and job security. Our employer, Centerplate, is trying to keep in place the wage freeze and severely limit our ability to access healthcare. We went on strike last spring, and we’ve called a boycott of concessions and catering at AT&T Park. We are calling on all people of conscience to bring their own food to Giants games and not to attend or host catered events at AT&T Park until we achieve a fair contract.

We are deeply disappointed that Salesforce is choosing to violate our boycott by holding the Dreamforce Gala at AT&T Park and using Centerplate catering in its luxury suite.

This is a moment for you and Salesforce to decide what kind of San Franciscans you want to be. Will you side with the hard-working men and women who form the backbone of this city’s largest industry? Or will you side with the bad corporate actors who are driving down the standard for workers? Will you respect the voices of working people? Or will you walk past our picket lines? We hope you will choose to be better neighbors.

Sincerely,

Local 2 Union Committee at AT&T Park

Julio Malodonado, Linda Bertana, Jacqueline Newton, Patricia Ramirez & Family, Pearlie Jones, Patricia Cael, The Huynh, Gina Giudice, Renee "Jazzie" Collins,  Billie Feliciano, Glenda Woodward, Juliana Castillo, Phil Chernellera, David Mitchell

Julio Malodonado, Linda Bertana, Jacqueline Newton, Patricia Ramirez & Family, Pearlie Jones, Patricia Cael, The Huynh, Gina Giudice, Renee “Jazzie” Collins, Billie Feliciano, Glenda Woodward, Juliana Castillo, Phil Chernellera, David Mitchell

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