September 15, 2019
At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement.
“We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.”
Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio have been working on an extended contract since March of 2018.
Key issues involve wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401k retirement.
“Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable,” said UAW Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin. “It’s astounding that Aramark has not agreed to bargain in good faith over their contributions.”
UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin said UAW members have been working on contract extensions far too long. “Every day these UAW members play a crucial role in keeping these plants operating. Aramark needs to provide these workers with fair wages and benefits.”