UNITE HERE Local 100 members attended New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s bill signing, on October 31st 2016 at city hall, enacting legislation that protects food service workers. This bill requires a 90-day retention period, for food service workers, when an owner or operator terminates a food service contract for a corporate cafeteria, college, arena, or cultural institution.
This bill benefits so many hardworking men and women in the food service industry in New York, along with families, who depend on these jobs. The Worker Retention Bill will give these workers job security by giving them time to plan ahead or stay after an evaluation process by their new employer. “This is a victory, not only for our union members, but for all food service workers in New York City. It is also a victory for employers who now have the opportunity to hire an experienced work force,” said Jose Maldonado, Secretary Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 100, which represents over 15,000 food service workers.
Members of Local 100 work in landmark locations such as MetLife Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Barclay Center, 21 Club and airports. Members of UNITE HERE and non-union workers alike can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they are now protected from this issue. “Job security is a major factor for me and this bill is great for working people. It’s good to know that people can expect that throughout the city,” Andrew Larrier Vendor at Madison Square Garden.