Humeta Embry, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1644, said the union reached an agreement with the new company. She said the pact protects “the benefits previously enjoyed by the former Aramark workers at APS.”
In an email, Embry said the agreement covers benefits, including retirement plans, and pay.
“It appears after years of food services controversies within APS, SFE maybe the best fit yet,” she said.
Kari Paulson, a spokesperson for Southwest Foodservice Excellence, said the agreement “provides comparable benefits to those previously enjoyed by the former Aramark workers at APS.”
“SFE recognized the need for the workers to stay comparably ‘whole,’ and we worked amicably and collaboratively with AFSCME to be sure this happened,” she said, in an email.
She said the company could provide more information after the collective bargaining agreement is signed.
Atlanta Public Schools will pay Southwest Foodservice Excellence an estimated $20.15 million this year.