Aramark agrees to many key demands, wages and benefits still outstanding
From June 5-7, HEU’s bargaining committee representing Aramark members went back to the table to negotiate a new contract.
Over the three days of negotiations, your committee was able to make progress on many key demands for improved benefits, safer workplaces and a more respectful employment environment. The only demands that still remain to be resolved are wages and benefits.
There was agreement on increasing the number of uniforms, providing lockers, instituting overtime pay on time for breaks that need to be rescheduled, and boosting the travel allowance.
There will also be extra training regarding infection and harmful materials, and new work alone and ergonomic provisions. New language promoting a respectful worksite that formally prohibits verbal, visual or physical harassment was also negotiated.
Aramark finally tabled a monetary package in response to HEU’s January proposal. However, their offer fails to satisfy wages and benefit demands as identified by HEU members at our June 2012 Big Five bargaining conference.
Bargaining with Aramark is set to resume July 16-18.
The previous collective agreements expired at the end of September 2012. The terms of those agreements remain in effect for Aramark’s 1,200-plus workers until new collective agreements are negotiated and ratified by the membership.