On October 10 Local 26 members at dining halls at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA ratified a new contract with Aramark that offers some of the same groundbreaking gains won by workers at Harvard dining halls last month.
The new contract language offers new and improved health care and wage increases of $2.60 an hour over the life of the contract, including a retroactive wage increase staring from July. Negotiations had stalled in weeks prior, with Aramark demanding higher deductibles and co-payments.
Another victory against temporary jobs in dining halls was won; the new contract ensures that open shifts will be offered to full-time and part-time employees before given to contracted workers.
In similar language won at Harvard, Brandeis dining hall workers will now enjoy campus-wide, not department, seniority and are protected with stronger immigration language.
Local 26 ratified the agreement by more than 98 percent.