Major Improvements In New Contract @ Aramark/Meharry!

In late June, after months of back-and-forth negotiations, the SEIU bargaining team reached an agreement with Aramark on a new three-year contract for campus operations employees working at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. This is only the second agreement this unit has negotiated and it expires in July, 2022.


  • Clearer language on how overtime work is offered so that overtime opportunities are shared
  • Employees with 5 years seniority able to cash out up to 40 hours of vacation time each year and carry over up to 40 hours
  • Employee percentage of monthly Medical premiums reduced starting in 2020. Reductions of up to 10% from current levels with no reduction in benefits. This will make health insurance much more affordable
  • Company will continue to pay 100% of the premium for Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Starting pay rates increased for all classifications
  • Step Increase – 2% step increases each year of the contract for all employees with one or more years of service
  • Annual Wage Adjustments – All employees get a 1.5% raise each year (on top of step increases). In 2019, some employees will see an over 5% raise because of increased start rates
  • No increase in employee parking rates for the term of the contract
  • Full-time employees who formerly were employed by Meharry remain eligible to participate in Meharry’s Educational Assistance Benefits program

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