February 3, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Rochester, MN – Workers at the Mayo Clinic have reluctantly agreed to let the clinic outsource its food-service department, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley announced Jan. 24.
In one vote, about 500 dietary workers voted to drop grievances filed against Mayo last fall in exchange for the clinic investing up to $4.5 million to provide a financial “bridge” through the end of the year. In the other, about 2,000 union members agreed that dietary workers would have to reapply for their jobs, but Morrison Healthcare, the new contractor, would give them “super seniority” for a four-month period. The workers “are still upset that Mayo made this decision,” Gulley told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. “They continue to feel that they’ve been thrown under the bus so Mayo can make more profits.” Mayo has said that having one vendor running food services would be more efficient and make patients more satisfied. SEIU’s Mayo local will begin contract talks with Morrison next month, hoping to win a pension plan to replace the one they had with Mayo, higher wages, and better health-insurance rates. Read more