Just thought I would share this e-mail with you. CEOs really need to understand the everyday, 40+ hour week people who continue to make the companies what they are. It’s really sad. Here’s the e-mail I got about Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants and on the Board of Directors for Verizon.

“Workers know that having CEOs like Clarence Otis on Verizon’s board of directors is a recipe for trouble.

As CEO of Darden Restaurants (the parent company of chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster) and Director of Verizon Communications, Clarence Otis can influence the treatment of workers at both companies. And the news is not good. Workers at some Darden restaurants report that they are not fully compensated for their work and have suffered racial discrimination. Workers at Verizon are facing cuts in pay and benefits that will cost them close to $10,000 a year – each.

But he treats his fellow executives right.

As a Verizon board member, Otis approved a 200% raise for Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s CEO, and generous compensation packages for top executives.

Tell Clarence Otis: Don’t Feed Corporate Greed. Speak out now.

The proof is in the pudding: While Darden employees make as little as $2.13 per hour, last year Otis took home $8.5 million.

With 45,000 Verizon workers still fighting for a fair contract and Darden restaurant employees facing low wages, unaffordable healthcare, and no paid sick days, it’s time to change course.

Let Clarence Otis know that you expect him to improve working conditions for Darden employees and to help resolve the dispute at Verizon:

In Unity,

Beth Allen
Online Mobilization Coordinator”

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