Food servers at York University decided to end their strike against a university subcontractor after receiving a substantial raise.
The workers, many of whom had made only $12.21 an hour, overwhelmingly supported a five-year deal from the U.S.-based Aramark Corporation in a March 6 vote, organizers for UNITE Here, Local 75, announced.
By next March, none of Aramark’s employees at York will make less than $15 an hour, and they will no longer pay for part of their dental and health coverage.
In a release, Local 75 President Lis Pimental thanked York students, faculty and staff for their support in what she called a “landmark victory.”
Other members of the local, however, remain on strike against Aramark on the campus of University of Toronto Scarborough, where many were paid $11.50 an hour. The two sides are scheduled to meet next week, though protests and pickets by UTSC workers are also planned.
Servers on both campuses have said they were barely able to live on their wages before the strike. On U of T’s St. George campus downtown, employees working directly by the university are paid $18 or $20 for doing the same work, the union said.