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Pitt dining worker union alleges ‘direct violation’ of contract by dining contractor, raises safety concerns

About 400 to 500 dining workers were laid off in the spring under then dining contractor Sodexo when Pitt adjusted its dining services.

By Thea Barrett, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

By cutting hours for Pitt dining workers, their union argues contractor Compass Group is committing a “direct violation” of its contract. The company said it has “temporarily adjusted hours slightly in order to maintain the working status of all associates.”

Starship robots may return in future under new dining contractor

Starship’s food delivery robots, which roamed campus last school year, have been mysteriously missing from campus.

By India Krug, Staff Writer

September 23, 2020

Some of the Pitt community’s smallest pedestrians are missing this semester — the Starship Technologies food delivery robots. The robots, which became a part of campus culture, provided a meal option right outside students’ doors.

Sodexo to lay off more than 700 workers as contract expires

Sodexo will lay off hundreds of dining workers by the end of its contract on June 30.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

April 12, 2020

Pitt’s outgoing dining contractor, Sodexo, will lay off hundreds of dining workers by the end of its contract on June 30, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor and Industry.

Pitt dining workers struggling with no pay after mass layoffs

Sodexo laid off a majority of its workers without pay over spring break, when Pitt adjusted its dining services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Market Central and The Perch, the two dining halls on campus, remain closed.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Sodexo, the University’s dining contractor of 29 years, laid off a majority of its 400 to 500 workers without pay over spring break, when Pitt adjusted its dining services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial: Pitt’s new dining contract shows the importance of listening to students

Pitt announced on Tuesday that it will not renew its contract with Sodexo.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 17, 2020

Pitt deserves praise for this choice, having listened to student input and taking what was said seriously. The University should continue to do so.

Pitt selects Compass Group as next dining contractor

A student swiping into Market Central.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

March 17, 2020

Pitt has selected Compass Group, a British multinational foodservice company, as its new single-source dining contractor beginning July 1.

Board committee approves LRDC, O’Hara Garage demolition

The Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees approved multiple construction projects at their Thursday meeting.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

February 28, 2020

More construction crews will soon be rumbling into Oakland, following the approval of multiple construction projects by the Properties & Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Facebook group helps eliminate on-campus food waste

The Pitt Pantry shares the excess food that it receives with Pitt Foodshare. The extra donated food is available to any student.

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

Pitt FoodShare Facebook group began in 2016 as a Student Affairs-supported project to reduce uneaten, and therefore wasted, food on campus.

The inside scoop on the dining contract negotiation process

The University’s current dining contract with Sodexo will expire this summer with a new contract starting July 1. Planning for the contract transition to a new vendor or renewal with Sodexo would take place between March and July.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

January 23, 2020

Pitt Dining will have to make a decision in the next few months — not on a menu, but on who gets to make the menus.

Editorial: Top 10 alternative uses for Pitt food robots

They’re here to take your jobs.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 17, 2019

While we’re at it, here are the top 10 other things we’d like the food robots to do for us.

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