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January 22, 2013

BEAM: The Count of Monte Sodexo

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Students are campaigning at more than 12 American universities, including Purdue, to have Sodexo fired as a provider at their respective institutions due to the reasons outlined above. United Students Against Sweatshops created a website, www.kickoutsodexo.usas.org, to chronicle their fight. 

What can we do locally? We need to support our custodians and call for them to be treated with fairness and respect. These employees have been loyal to NA-FC through a heck of a lot of changes. Now it’s time to return that loyalty and take a stand for them. No more cuts. No more layoffs.

And Sodexo should be held accountable to its promises. They knew the risks and still went forward with the contract. Schools try to teach our kids about responsibility. Maybe this would be a good lesson for a Fortune 500 company to learn too. 

Above all, it’s time to say au revoir to Sodexo once this contract extension is up. Our children — and custodians — deserve better. Class dismissed.

— Amanda Beam is a Floyd County resident and Jeffersonville native. Contact her by email at hoosiermandyblog@gmail.com

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