This past week, cafeteria workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) approved their first-even union contract. TCU’s cafeteria workers, employed by food service company Sodexo, voted last March to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW). A spokesman for the union now reports that it has begun organizing drives in at least five other colleges and universities this summer. Those schools are believed to be Dallas Baptist, Texas A & M, Tulsa, Oral Roberts, and Langston.
TCU’s union issues began after Sodexo revised its full-time employment formula last fall. The change, which went into effect January 1, caused many of Sodexo’s variable-hour workers to lose health insurance coverage. The resulting discontent allowed the UFCW a foothold on campus.