September 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Rochester, MN – The Mayo Clinic is still refusing to retain its almost 700 dietary workers as employees. In talks with the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Sept. 19-20, the clinic, which has announced plans to outsource its food service to Morrison Healthcare, rejected two proposals by the union that would let the workers stay on as staff.
The rejection was “not the most surprising thing that happened,” union President Jamie Gulley told KIMT News 3. Mayo said that its patient surveys found that only 51% of patients found their food service satisfactory. Gulley said employees have been told that satisfaction ratings were in the 80-90 percent range, and that “any implication that our service has been anything less than excellent is sort of insulting.” Mayo counters that the survey the union cited was based on a much smaller number of responses. More bargaining meetings are scheduled for this week. Read more