Amidst Frustration Over Mayo’s Controversial Outsourcing Plan, Non-Union Food Service Workers at Mayo Announce They Will File for Election to Join SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

At 2nd informational picket, group announce that majority have signed cards and will trigger Union election

Rochester, Minn — Non-union food service workers announced that a majority of a group of 126 non-union Mayo food service workers in the Rochester area have signed cards, a move that will trigger an election for the group to join SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. The move was announced at a second picket where Mayo food service workers, community supporters and elected officials came together to call on Mayo to revisit their decision to outsource food service to Morrison.

mayo picket 2_rsWes Keck, a food service worker at Mayo for 17 years and one of the card signers, shared why the group is in favor of holding the election and joining SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

“I’ve been a worker at the Harwick kitchen at Mayo for 17 years. In light of everything that has been going on with the food service workers at Mayo, my co-workers and I at Sodexo have decided to hold a vote to join SEIU Healthcare Minnesota,” Keck said. “We have a strong majority on board and we are going to file for a union election next week. Mayo is a big part of our community and we want to ensure that the patients, the hospital employees, and the community are able to be involved in the decision making processes of this hospital. We stand with the Mayo food service workers and we know they will stand with us going forward because we are stronger together!”

The announcement was met with excitement at the picket, which included Mayo food service workers, community supporters and elected officials. Joining the food service workers and speaking out in support of Mayo revisiting the decision to outsource the food service workers to Morrison were politicians including Minority Leader Rep. Paul Thissen, Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Erin Murphy, Rochester Rep. Tina Liebling and others.

There are two more bargaining sessions scheduled for next week on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th.


SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota.


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