CHICAGO (CBS)- United Center concessionaires will soon vote after a tentative deal has been reached with Levy — avoiding a possible strike, the company announced Sunday.
The agreement comes as the Big Ten tournament is underway and a week after concession workers a one-day strike when the Bulls hosted the Pacers.
UNITE HERE Local 1, the union representing these workers, held another negotiation session Saturday night with representatives from Chicago’s Levy Restaurants.
Concession workers say they want better health insurance, wages and retirement benefits.
“We’ve been negotiating our contract for about three years now and we’re demanding better health insurance, better wages, a pension, and it seems like the company just isn’t taking us seriously,” said Jamie O’Neill, a United Center employee. .
The company employs nearly 700 food servers, bartenders, attendants, cooks, and dishwashers at the United Center.
There have been more than 20 negotiation sessions between Levy and the union members. They will vote in the coming days to ratify the agreement.
There will be no work stoppage pending the outcome of the membership vote.
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