The Associated Press August 18, 2010, 11:11AM ET

Union says Pitt cafeteria workers have 3-year deal

About 200 University of Pittsburgh cafeteria workers who went on strike for three days in April have ratified a three-year contract with foodservice company Sodexo Inc.

Officials with Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ say the workers will receive at least $1.50 in hourly raises over the life of the contract, with some workers receiving up to $4 an hour. The union says the company is also paying 90 percent of health care premiums for single workers and 80 for family coverage.

The union's last three-year contract with Sodexo expired Feb. 28. Officials at Sodexo in Gaithersburg, Md. say they're pleased the workers ratified a contract which includes nearly 12 percent raises and lower-cost health insurance options.

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