Category Archives: Higher.Education

AFSCME Wins Food Service Outsourcing Fight at University of California-Davis

Source: AFL-CIO blog, April 25, 2008

Kevin Christensen, lead researcher in the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research, writes about a great victory for food service workers and custodians with AFSCME at the University of California-Davis.

AFSCME Local 3299 has won a four-year fight to end outsourcing of food service work in the 10-campus University of California (UC) system, after UC-Davis announced last week that nearly 200 workers currently employed by Sodexho will be eligible to apply for university employment, and so become AFSCME members.

Related article from the Sacramento News Review: On the payroll

UMC looks to outside vendor for food service

Source: Crookston Times (MN), Friday, April 4, 2008 1:16 PM

…… The proposed 10-year contract with Sodexo meets the University’s high standards for quality, choice, service and responsibility and provides the best value and best financial benefit for the University and students, faculty and staff.

Key terms include employee stability and financial investments and commitments. Members of AFSCME and Teamster unions remain University of Minnesota employees at their current salary and benefit level and report to Sodexo management. Current on-site management will also continue employment and be employed by Sodexo.

New Mexico State considering outsourcing bookstore operations

Source: By Ashley Meeks, Sun-News (NM), 03/17/2008

LAS CRUCES — It bills itself as “Your University Bookstore — Money Spent Here Stays Here!” But some members of the New Mexico State University community are concerned that may not be the story for long.

….. Coseth Krauel, an accounting technician with the bookstore, said she and others in the American Federation of County and Municipal Employees union are afraid of losing their jobs in a management change.

…… Outsourced services at NMSU: • Food services • Vending • Ground maintenance • Printing • Some construction and shuttle services

Sodexho employees continue demands for university employment

Source: By: MADELINE MCCURRY SCHMIDT, California Aggie, 1/28/08

A delegation of six Sodexho workers met at Mrak Hall on Friday to speak to Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef regarding the demands of Sodexho food service workers to become university employees. Vanderhoef was out of the office, so the Sodexho employees spoke with assistant executive vice chancellor Bob Loessberg-Zahl to ask for the higher wages and better benefits that they hoped would come with university employment.

…….. Sodexho is the food service contractor that provides service to the dining commons, retail food service and catering service at UC Davis.

The six Sodexho workers were joined by two organizers from the union of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Max Alper, an organizer of the group, said the food-service employees are directly employed by the University of California on all other UC campuses except for UC Davis.

Sodexho signs agreement to increase food service worker benefits

Source: By: PATRICK McCARTNEY, California Aggie 10/29/07

Sodexho has agreed to provide its campus food service employees higher wages and better benefits, as the food service company and UC Davis signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 22 outlining a new agreement. The memorandum finalizes an agreement made between the university and Sodexho over the summer.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2008, Sodexho will improve employee medical benefits by increasing its employer-employee contribution ratio from 60-to-40 percent to 80-to-20 percent. Sodexho career employees will also receive a $100 monthly stipend to offset health care costs, though it may be spent however the employee desires.

Privatizing Pennsylvania,and Then Un-Privatizing

Source: By Jerel Wohl, Academe Online, September/October 2007

Nearly ten years ago, the University of Pennsylvania announced that it would outsource its facilities and real-estate operations to Trammell Crow Higher Education Services, Inc. The agreement included management of school facilities–155 buildings over 269 acres on the West Philadelphia campus, excluding the four hospitals and other units of the health system, an off-campus arboretum, and the veterinary school’s large animal hospital, which is located outside of Philadelphia.

…… The contract, however, was reduced in scope in March 2000, when operations and maintenance components reverted back to the University of Pennsylvania while Trammell Crow continued to manage the capital project and real-estate components. Then, in 2002, the agreement with Trammell Crow was completely terminated and the university took back the responsibility for management of its capital projects, as well as the property management of real-estate holdings. Trammell Crow no longer had a presence on the Penn campus.

Privatizing Indiana / A dedicated group of Hoosiers is fighting the outsourcing of the campus's printing services, motor pool, and bookstore.

Source: By Patrick Brantlinger, Academe Online, September/October 2007

Seeking to raise money for new academic buildings and programs, Indiana University’s board of trustees is exploring outsourcing its “auxiliary-service” units. These units manage printing and food services, the university’s bookstores, campus motor pools, and other functions.

To prevent job loss and wage cuts among hundreds of long-term university employees, the pro-labor organization Jobs with Justice–of which I am a member –has joined forces with local and state officials and IU’s unions: the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which represents service and maintenance staff, and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents clerical and technical employees.

…… Daniels also signed a $1.16-billion deal with IBM to run Medicaid, food stamps, and other poverty-relief programs. In fact, he would like to privatize the entire state welfare system, which he calls “the worst” in the nation. ( Just how he knows that it is the worst is unclear, but he obviously dislikes welfare.)

Mysterious Object Found in Muffin

Source: By John Petroski, Special to The Recorder (CT), September 26, 2007

A mysterious object was found in a blueberry muffin purchased in Memorial Hall last week; initial rumors suggested that the object was a beetle.

Although students confessed faith in Memorial Hall’s food, Bob Hermann, the Director of Dining Services, confirmed what many could not believe.

……. The blueberry muffin was a Sysco product purchased by Sodexho campus services.

“There was a foreign matter in the muffin,” said Hermann.

Food workers push case before regents

Source: By Sharon Stello, Davis Enterprise (CA), September 20, 2007

UC Davis food workers urged UC regents Wednesday to support their effort to become university employees, then disrupted the meeting’s start by chanting and marching out of the auditorium.

UCD is the last of the University of California’s 10 campuses and five medical centers still contracting with outside companies to provide food service. At UCD, about 500 food workers are employed by Sodexho.