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Aramark, The Company That Wants To Run The Cliff House, Just Evicted 90 NorCal Workers

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Yosemite National Park El Capitan during the time of coronavirus Covid 19 Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole
Aramark, which manages the hospitality services at Yosemite National Park, has told 90 workers they need to leave their company-owned housing by May 21.
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A company that has stated an interest in taking over San Francisco’s Cliff House restaurants has reportedly evicted 90 of its workers

Aramark, a Philadelphia-based food, facilities, and uniform company, has business all over Northern California, including a contract with Santa Rita jail in the East Bay that’s prompted a recent forced labor lawsuit. They’re one of the top contenders to take over San Francisco’s historic Cliff House restaurants, bids for which were opened last fall. They’re also evicting 90 workers from their company-owned lodgings in Yosemite National Park, even though there’s currently a statewide ban on evictions.

The Fresno Bee reports that last week, employees of Aramark subsidiary Yosemite Hospitality were told that they must vacate their shared employee housing by May 21. Most of those workers stopped getting paid when Yosemite closed down on March 20, KQED reports, and now they must leave the park, Aramark management says.

When contacted by the Bee, the National Park Service (which also manages the Cliff House in San Francisco) said that the matter was “an Aramark employee relations issue.” Efforts by Eater SF to contact the NPS to see if Aramark remains in the running for the Cliff House contract were unsuccessful, with a spokesperson saying only that “we are working through the review process and will announce the decision as soon as possible.”

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