Aramark strike: Workers at Wells Fargo Center to hit picket lines, will not work 76ers-Pistons game

Members of the Philly food service workers’ union, including cooks, servers, bartenders, dishwashers and concessions workers, are walking off the job.

Aramark workers at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center are hitting the picket line.

Aramark workers at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center are hitting the picket line. (6abc)

This story originally appeared on 6abc.

Aramark food and beverage workers at the Wells Fargo Center are holding a one-day strike on Tuesday.

Unite Here Local 274 members are on the picket lines and do not plan to be on the job for Tuesday’s Sixers-Pistons game.

“We are looking for humane treatment. We work for a multi-billion-dollar company and we have no healthcare offered to us. We have no paid sick time, we get no paid time off,” said bartender Carlton Epps.

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The striking union workers ask patrons of the game to join in their fight.

“I was just calling it ‘Tailgate Tuesday.’ Tailgate out in the parking lot, have your drinks in the parking lot, have your dinner somewhere else, just support us. Because we’re the ones who take care of you every time you come down here,” Epps said.

Union members, including cooks, servers, bartenders, concession workers and more, argue their wages and benefits are not keeping up with inflation.

Some Aramark food service employees work at all three stadiums but make different hourly wages at each.

“Every building offers a different wage. A bartender can make $12 an hour in one building and make $17 in another. A cook can make $16 an hour and $18 at another building,” said Aramark employee Samatha Spector.

They say they are treated as seasonal workers rather than year-round employees, based on each sport’s season.

They also said they want their time spent working at Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park to count for health insurance.

In statement, an Aramark spokesperson said:

“Aramark remains committed to bargaining in good faith to reach a settlement that works for all parties. Unfortunately, the union and its members have elected to commence a strike. Aramark has contingency plans in place to ensure our services are not interrupted and that the fan experience remains strong.”

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