Debate on? Preliminary agreement reached in the union dispute that threatened to 2020 showdown

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A preliminary agreement was reached in a labour dispute between food service workers and their employers at Loyola Marymount University, which threatened to derail Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate.

The food Service company Sodexo negotiated late Monday evening with your staff to secure at Loyola Marymount University, a provisional contract. A formal vote is expected on Tuesday.


Unite Here Local 11 – the Union that represented the workers, said last Friday that they would picket the debate in the Los Angeles-area school, if there is no agreement with Sodexo. All seven Democratic presidential candidates qualified for the debate, you would not post the cross strike to the stage that threw the debate in limbo.

The three-year tentative agreement includes a 25 percent wage increase, a 50 percent decrease in health care costs, and increasing employee job security. All sides expected to release more details at a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Los Angeles.

Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez – who served as labor Secretary under President Barack Obama – worked over the weekend and on Monday to help reach an agreement.

“Every worker deserves fair wages and social benefits. That is why I was proud to help bring all stakeholders to the table to reach, UNITE HERE Local 11, Sodexo, and Loyola Marymount University, an offer that meets their needs and supports workers,” Perez said in a statement.

“I would like to Sodexo and UNITE HERE for the next good faith together to forge an agreement that is a win-win Situation for all, and I am pleased with the constructive engagement of the LMU leadership that is indispensable to the resolution of this negotiation.”

The DNC has said it notified the campaigns of the agreement.

The DNC had already once before the debate at Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) moves through a separate fight at this school.

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