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The MAROON Vol. 61, No. 4 Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 September 17,1982 Dispute continues over Pilot union By Glenn P. Collins University Reporter Second in a series © Loyola Maroon 1982 The dispute over the possible unionization of Pilot Food Services employees continues. James Hardy, director of Pilot, and Danny Cantor, an organizer for United Labor Unions Local 100 responded to allegations made in Friday's Maroon lead story. "If I am threatening workers," said Hardy, "I would have charges filed against me every day at the National Labor Relations Board." In the article, Cantor said that Pilot has threatened to fire employees who participated in attempts to organize. "In the two years that Pilot has been here," Hardy added, "we have never had a worker [except for Shelia Berry] file a grievance with any local, state or federal agency for any hiring or firing practice." Cantor said that charges haven't been filed because "you have got to have people who aren't afraid to go testify [to the NLRB]. Shelia's case has been filed, and a lot of people have been down giving testimony." Berry was fired last June. She has filed a complaint with the NLRB contending that she was fired for her participation in union organizing activities. A decision by the NLRB on the disposition of the case is not expected until next week at the earliest. Employees of Pilot will vote on Sept. 24 to accept or reject representation by Local 100, which represents the employees of Professional Food- Service Management, the food service that operates at Tulane University. Cantor said, "If somebody looks at the payroll for Pilot, they'll see there are probably 30 workers making minimum wage. At Tulane, even part-time workers are above minimum wage." Hardy said, "The problem with me is having an outside group that blocks our relationship with the employees, which has always been good. Loyola is a much smaller operation [than Tulane's] with a closer knit kitchen." There are about 70 food service workers at Loyola, compared to about 80 at Tulane, according to Cantor. A union circular, entitled 13 Ways . . . , was distributed to Loyola workers. It compared PFM contract conditions to those at Pilot. One union comparison was "Guaranteed Raises." According to the circular, Tulane workers received an average of 91 cents an hour raise for full time, 71 cents an hour part time. Pilot, it read, made no guarantees. Hardy responded, "Historically, raises are given once a year, with re-evaluations every six months. We also give merit raises or make adjustments. We give [each worker] a minimum of one merit raise a year, but some workers get two, three or even four." Cantor said, "Merit raises are ways for bosses to get workers divided against each other. We believe all workers should get raises and make a decent living wage." Hardy said that Pilot employees have 25 cents per hour deducted for meals, with a $1.25 maximum per shift, but the employees get "as much [food] as they want, anytime they want. This was put into effect last October as a one-year trial." Cantor said that Pilot workers pay whether or not they eat. "At Tulane, workers eat for free." According to Article 4, Section 3 of the Tulane contract, "Workers will receive a free lunch meal to a maximum worth of $2.60, or the price of the 'special,' whichever is greater." Concerning bonuses and merits, Hardy said, "Our employees receive a bonus of a $100 savings bond for not missing more than two days without an excuse. The bonus goes up each year for repeat performances."The circular does not mention bonuses and there is no mention of bonuses in the Tulane contract. However, nothing prohibits bonuses, Cantor said. A union would prevent "me from taking a super worker and giving him a merit raise," Hardy said. "The better workers don't benefit from a union, the poorer workers do." "We're not trying to stop Pilot from rewarding good workers," Cantor said. "We just want to ensure all workers earn a living wage in these days of Reaganomics." Another primary union concern is job security, according to Cantor. "The union protects workers from arbitrary layoffs and firings." Refering to grievance procedures open to Tulane PFM employees, Article 19, Section 1 of the Tulane contract reads: "When any worker . . . feels that [he has] been unfairly or improperly treated, or that this Contract has been violated, [he] has the right to file a grievance against the Company." Pilot has no specific contract with its employees. Hardy does feel that Pilot has a "tighter working relationship here at Loyola." Hardy added, "We have 11 managers where SAGA [Pilot's predecessor] had only three. Our management is more visible . . . . We have a better environment for the employees to work in." James Hardy —Photo by John McCusker Reps elected to SBA The results of the Student Bar Association election, held for freshman law students Tuesday and Wednesday have been announced. Jacqueline Egan, Jane Faia, Bob Pelletier and Tracy Tiller (evening student) were elected to the post of Freshman Day Student Bar Association Representatives. Elected to the position of Freshman Day Honor Board Representatives are Peter Arabia, Laura Boillotat and Jane Macke. J.L. Sierra was elected to the post of Second Year Evening Honor Board Representative. Buddig kitchen fire empties dorm By Tom Harmeyer News Editor A small fire, apparently caused by built-up grease in an oven, emptied Buddig Hall Tuesday afternoon, according to Robert Reed, director of Residential Life. Two Buddig residents, using the oven to bake cookies, sounded an alarm at 3:50 p.m. The fire was quickly extinguished by a locksmith working in the building and residents were allowed to return within 20 minutes. Reed said the fire caused no damage, injury or loss of life, but that smoke had spread throughout the 12th floor of Buddig. Daryl Hancock, assistant director for Residential Development, said he was concerned about the danger of fires of this type spreading. "Studies show that most fires in residence halls start in kitchens and that they can spread quickly," he said. This was not the first fire of this type to start in the Buddig kitchen. In an interview Aug. 18, Reed said there had been a small fire in the Buddig kitchen during the summer. Last September, Buddig Hall was evacuated because of an electrical fire started when a generator caused a short circuit. In November, aggravated arson was the cause as Biever Hall sustained substantial damage and residents spent the night in the Rec Center. Two students had to be treated for smoke inhalation in the Biever fire. In the Buddig fire this summer, grease that had accumulated in an oven was the apparent cause, Reed said. "Someone had just let the grease build up," he said. In the August interview, Reed said that keeping the kitchen clean has been a problem. "We feel that both residence councils should be responsible for making sure the ovens are clean. That's the thing that worries me more than anything else," he said. Hancock said the residence councils are now responsible for cleaning the kitchen in each housing facility, but that housekeeping had cleaned the Buddig kitchen, including the ovens, a week ago. Residents were slow to evacuate the building Tuesday, Reed said. "Most people were pretty nonchalant about getting out. Some students used the elevators. These students would be trapped if electricity were lost during a fire," he said. Fire drills were conducted in Biever and Buddig halls Monday. Reed said evacuation was also unsatisfactory during these drills and that three Buddig residents and one Biever resident had been fined for not leaving the buildings.
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