Aug. 10, 2005 – Two unions reached an agreement to enter into binding arbitration with the worldâ€™s largest airline catering company Friday, bringing over a year of contract negotiations one step closer to an end.
Negotiations between Gate Gourmet and a team representing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the restaurant employees arm of Unite Here will continue under a three-member panel of the National Mediation Board. The panel will sit from October 1 through October 29 and issue a ruling by December 1, according to statements from both sides.
The two unions have been negotiating with the company nationally as the IBT/HERE Employee Representative Council. Council members have already participated in several votes together, including the June 1 rejection of contract terms offered by Gate Gourmet, according to news and union accounts.
In a joint statement announcing the deal, Unite Here and the Teamsters touted winning an agreement from the company to reinstate health benefits for the 6,000 organized employees. Gourmet Gate unilaterally cut off the insurance benefit on June 30, the statement said.