Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Citadel Cafeteria Workers Ask to Have Union Recognized

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Citadel Cafeteria Workers Ask to Have Union Recognized

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CHARLESTON -- Cafeteria workers at The Citadel have won a partial victory in their fight to improve their working conditions. After three tries, employees have voted to join a union.

But now they're trying to get their boss - ARAMARK Corp. - to recognize that vote. Without that recognition, the employees can't negotiate a new contract.

"We've struggled for five years to get recognition, to make changes," said Mynra Major, snack bar supervisor. "We just wanted to fight for our rights."

The 29-year veteran employee who makes $7.25 an hour as a supervisor, added, "We want more money, a pension plan, respect and job promotion naturally is another [grievance]."

According to Major, employees want a contract that addresses safety issues, grievance procedures and binding arbitration. They also want benefits that aren't currently offered, such as a retirement plan, pension and disability coverage for long term illness.

The cafeteria workers voted 68-17 to join the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, Local 465. The vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Certification is good for one year. However, it could take longer to actually negotiate a contract, if ARAMARK continues to take a hard line approach. …

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