UI food service workers to picket Friday

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CHAMPAIGN – For the second time in two weeks, building service workers and food service workers from the University of Illinois will picketing.

Workers say they want to send a message to top UIUC administrators: Don’t balance the budget on the backs of students and workers. They say with tuition up and staffing down, students are not getting what they are paying for, among other things.

“While the University hands out huge bonuses to highly paid administrators, the hard-working men and women who keep this University running are facing 100% increases in healthcare costs – or more- with no help from the Administration,” says Aaron Ammons, a building service worker at UIUC and President of Chapter 119 of the Service Employees International Union Local 73.

On September 30, nearly 800 workers picketed to call for proper staffing and a fair contract. The workers are currently in negotiations for new union contracts, and their last contracts were reached after a three-day strike that halted major university operations back in 2013.

The next picketing will take place on the corner of Kirby Avenue and Oak Street at 4:30 PM on Friday, October 14.

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