SUCCESS! We wrote to the President of the University of Florida last year asking him to terminate and not renew its partnership with Aramark as part of our campaign for divestment from prison slavery, and he listened! Effective July 1, the University of Florida ends its contract with exploitative food services company Aramark. Read our letter here.
Aramark has been repeatedly criticized for relying on prison labor, as well as documented links to forced labor in prisons. Current and former pre-trial and immigration detainees at Santa Rita Jail in California filed a class action against Aramark alleging forced labor. In addition to its connection to prison labor, Aramark—which has contracts with hundreds of educational institutions across the U.S.—has been frequently sued for a variety of labor abuses, including workplace safety violations and sub-minimum wages.
22,000+ in the Freedom United community helped pressure the University of Florida to divest from prison slavery.