A new contract signed between Aramark and its employees came into effect last month, bringing changes in both wages and health insurance plans to workers in the University.

The contract provides for wage increases of 3 to 5 percent each year, which is a larger gain from what had been negotiated in the previous contract. The contract also calls for improvements in employees’ health insurance plans.

The contract was negotiated by Debra Simmons-Peterson, the president of Teamsters Local 743, who represents the dining hall and academic café employees. The three-year agreement was approved unanimously by union members with a vote of 135 to 0 on May 24, 2014.
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