Over 200 members of UNITE HERE Local 217, cafeteria workers at two universities and two public school districts have reached new collective bargaining agreements with their employer, Sodexo.
Cafeteria workers at Fairfield University, Central Connecticut State University, Stratford Public Schools and Shelton Public Schools celebrated their achievements after beginning negotiations in September and standing together in solidarity across the state in order to make progress on important issues with the new contracts.
Though the terms of each agreement vary, the most important issues at all four schools were improving the costs of healthcare, wage increases, and protecting paid time off. Union members at all four schools voted to ratify the new agreements during the week of October 10.
Local 217 represents over 3,000 hospitality, food service and airport workers in Connecticut and Rhode Island.