WORKERS HOLD INFORMATIONAL PICKET AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL
By Nadin Abbott
November 20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Some workers arrived after their shifts ended; others came from home to join a march yesterday afternoon outside Grossmont Hospital. All were determined to draw public attention to their efforts to gain better working conditions and compensation.
United Healthcare Employees, affiliated with the AFL-CIO,continues contract negotiations for workers contracted by Sharp Healthcare through Sodexo to manage food services and custodial work.
Gloria Schwatka, a worker, told me that Sodexo first offered a wage freeze and then a scant 0.05% wage increase in the third year.
“Sodexo doesn’t want full time employees, but only part time,” she said, noting that this way the company can avoid paying benefits.