The threat of strikes has forced Gate Gourmet to back off in the US.
It was announced this week that the Teamster and UNITE HERE unions’ rank-and-file solidarity in the workplace has produced important victories for workers and their families.
As of 1 September 2005, health care coverage for Gate Gourmet employees and their families will be reinstated. This means that more than 3,000 Gate Gourmet workers and their families, covered by the company health care plan on 30 June 2005, are once again covered.
“This is a major victory for union members employed by Gate Gourmet,” said Steve Vairma, Teamsters chief Gate Gourmet negotiator and principal officer of Teamsters Local 435 in Denver, Colorado. “The company realized that workers in Gate Gourmet kitchens around the country were not just going to sit on their hands and allow management to take health care away from their families.”
Under the terms of the agreement, all Gate Gourmet employees and family members, who were covered on 30 June will once again be covered. Gate Gourmet unilaterally changed its health care plan, drastically raising the workers’ costs on 1 July 2005. These changes forced the majority of workers on the health care plan to drop coverage.
Workers had voted for strikes over the attacks.