Auxiliary Services renews  contract with Chartwells

Auxiliary Services renews contract with Chartwells

University officials are working with Chartwells to implement a new eight-year food service contract, with an option to extend it for a full 12 years.  Bryce Brownlee, UTD’s director of the Office of Contract Administration, said the university received two bids in a January 2018 request for proposals — one...

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Select Chartwells employees to hold union election in May

Select Chartwells employees to hold union election in May

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original publication. After a months-long organizing effort, certain Chartwells workers will be able to participate in a May 2 election to determine whether they want to be represented in collective bargaining by local chapter 1000 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Student and temporary workers...

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Cockroaches found in Student Union eatery

Cockroaches found in Student Union eatery

Richardson Health Department officials performed a surprise inspection at the Student Union’s Chick-fil-A after a receiving an anonymous complaint and video of cockroaches in the food pick-up area. The video’s metadata confirmed it was taken at UTD. In the video, a worker opens a cabinet to reveal a box with...

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Chartwells workers allege lack of food safety training

Chartwells workers allege lack of food safety training

Management claims all associates receive ongoing training during employment Following student concerns about food safety, The Mercury obtained evidence that suggests many Chartwells workers did not receive state-mandated food safety training until earlier this month. In Texas, the certification is considered the responsibility of the employer and is typically administered...

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To form a more perfect union

To form a more perfect union

As Americans, we often claim to love democracy while simultaneously not practicing it in one of the most important parts of our lives — our workplace. In some cases, bosses can exercise almost autocratic control over our working lives with few checks on their power. Some on-campus employees know this...

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Chartwells launches feedback platform

Chartwells launches feedback platform

In response to a rising number of student suggestions and complaints regarding dining on campus, UTD Dining Services created a messaging portal to allow students to anonymously provide feedback on all matters related to dining on campus. The portal will allow students to suggest improvements or complain about issues they’ve...

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Chartwells officials deny worker allegations

Chartwells officials deny worker allegations

Chartwells officials denied allegations of workplace harassment and unfair labor practices at their UT Dallas operation. The allegations, published in the Dec. 3 issue of The Mercury, came from numerous current and former Chartwells workers and included sexual harassment and other acts of intimidation, pay withholding and breach of contract....

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Students report raw, moldy food at on-campus eateries

Students report raw, moldy food at on-campus eateries

Richardson Health Department conducts inspections of Dining Hall West, IHOP Express to address numerous complaints A series of posts on UTD’s subreddit featured pictures of moldy food and raw chicken allegedly found at various UTD dining establishments, beginning at the end of November. Jamie Lee Harris, a computer science sophomore,...

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Food service workers accuse Chartwells management of misconduct

Food service workers accuse Chartwells management of misconduct

Food service workers accuse Chartwells management of misconduct Editor’s Note: The Mercury’s publication of a Dec. 3 report, in which former and current Chartwells workers alleged verbal abuse, unfair labor practices and sexual harassment, came amid efforts by workers to form a union, with the support of a local chapter...

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Chartwells workers move to unionize

Chartwells workers move to unionize

Food service workers across campus are seeking to unionize amid allegations of wage withholding, harassment and other unfair labor practices against Chartwells, the primary food service provider at UTD. In April, Chartwells workers at UTD contacted United Food and Commercial Workers, a group that assists workers in negotiating collective bargaining...

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