October 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Rochester, MN – The Mayo Clinic officially announced Sept. 29 that it will sign a contract to outsource 700 food-service jobs to Morrison Healthcare, over the objections of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.
“This is a sad day for Rochester,” SEIU President Jamie Gulley said in a statement.
“We will work at the bargaining table to hold Mayo accountable to their public statements, and while we acknowledge that this misguided decision is moving forward, we refuse to stop fighting for what is best for workers, patients, and all of Rochester and southern Minnesota.” The SEIU proposed a set of standards for the deal that would have Morrison recognize the union, retain its contract, hire all current employees at the same or higher pay, and not cut their hours and benefits. The clinic has offered matching wages and health-insurance subsidies to its nonunion food-service employees moving to Morrison, but not to SEIU members or those employed by subcontractor Sodexo. Negotiations continue, and the about 125 Sodexo workers will vote later this month on whether to join SEIU. Read more