WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Members seek union assistance to address unsanitary lunchroom issues

When GSU members felt unheard and frustrated about lunchroom conditions that made them want to lose their lunch, they turned to the union for help.

The first step to solving a problem is to check in with supervisors and managers to bring the problem to their attention and request a resolution. Ideally, situations are met with a quick fix, a good reason why things are the way they are, or an agreement to find a solution. Other times, concerns aren’t acknowledged or addressed and it’s time to call the union for backup.

After problems remained and even worsened despite their repeated requests for action, GSU members contacted GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson for assistance with their nasty lunchroom. Torgerson filed a complaint with company management and is awaiting a response.

“A lunch room should be a clean and sanitary area where employees can take a break from work and enjoy their lunch,” Torgerson said. “Preparing and eating your lunch in a room that isn’t as clean as your physical work area is definitely a problem.”

If you need some advice about how to approach management with a problem, don’t hesitate to call your GSU staff rep. No problem is too small and sometimes a brief comment, email, or meeting is all that’s needed to address a situation. Call us when you think there is a problem to be fixed. Our services are provided to you as part of your union dues and there is never an additional charge for assisting you.