March 27, 2017
To our Valued Customers:
SUBJECT: Aramark Food Services at University of Toronto Scarborough
As you know, Aramark Canada Employees represented by Unite Here Local 75, exercised their right to strike on February 9, 2017. While we have made every effort to provide you with the best service and food selection possible, we recognize that this may not meet the level that you are accustomed to, and for this we apologize. We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for your patience and understanding during the past few weeks and provide you with some information regarding this situation.
Our collective agreement with Unite Here, Local 75, expired several months ago. After many meetings with the Union’s negotiating committee, we presented our final offer for settlement on March 14, 2017. To be clear, these negotiations are between Aramark Canada and the Union and does not involve the University of Toronto Scarborough. We believe that this was a very generous and fair proposal that should have resolved this labour dispute.
- A wage increase of almost 10% in the first year, almost 20% in the first 2 years
- Achieving a minimum $15/hour wage within 12 months
- Expanded Company paid comprehensive benefit coverage (including part time employee eligibility)
It is important to note that this offer was in many respects better than the one that was recently accepted by Aramark’s employees at York University, which according to Unite Here Local 75’s press release, was described as “groundbreaking”. Unfortunately, this offer has been twice rejected by Aramark employees at UTSC.
Much to our disappointment, following a Ministry of Labour supervised vote, the Union has advised us that their strike will continue.
We will continue to do everything possible to provide food services on your campus to the best of our ability and in accordance with our high food service standards. While we may not agree with the decision to reject this offer, we respect and abide by all provisions of the Ministry of Labour, the collective bargaining process and the Union’s rights.
We thank you for your patience and allowing us the opportunity to share with you the details surrounding this situation, and once again want you to know that we sincerely appreciate your understanding and continued patronage.
Aramark Canada Ltd.
President, Aramark Canada
Aramark Canada's Union Relationships
Aramark Canada Ltd. is headquartered in Toronto and employs over 15,000 associates, who work in the country’s finest Education Institutions, Long Term Care Facilities, Hospitals, Sport Venues and Business Environments, in every Province and Territory.
Aramark Canada respects the rights of our employees to join or not join a trade Union. In fact, since 1942, Aramark Canada has had great relationships with many labor Unions across Canada and we are currently party to 95 collective agreements in Canada with 19 different Canadian Unions.
We work hard at developing winning solutions for our associates, Unions and the many clients and customers we serve each and every day. Over the past 9 consecutive years, Aramark Canada has held a strong reputation of working collaboratively with its union partners, successfully negotiating over 300 hundred collective agreements without work disruption.
Aramark Canada is firmly integrated into the Canadian business community and some recent accolades include:
- Progressive Aboriginal Relations (Gold Level), PAR
- 2016 Canada’s Greenest employers, top 100 employers project
- Excellence in Public Outreach Canada, fair-trade Canada
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc.