UGSDW Approves New Dining Contract

Press Release

On Thursday, July 8th, 2021, UGSDW membership voted unanimously to approve a new contract. While UGSDW has previously re-negotiated our contract with Dining Services every year, this contract has a two-year term; it will be in effect from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

The new contract includes several significant wins for our membership. In year 1 of the contract, the initial base wage will increase from $10 to $10.40 per hour. In year 2, this base wage will increase to $10.75. Student leaders will now receive $1 per hour extra rather than $.75.

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Dining workers should also take note of changes to experience pay. If students have worked more than 90 hours in a singular semester, they are eligible for an additional “experienced student” bonus worth $1 per hour. However, to receive this raise, you will need to apply before the beginning of a semester. UGSDW leadership will remind students to apply for this bonus before each semester begins.

The new contract also includes a restructured point system allowing workers more flexibility. Although the points each employee is allowed to accrue each semester have decreased from 5 to 3, workers are now able to pick up additional shifts within the same time period of a shift they missed to avoid accruing a point.

The new contract also includes several minor changes such as a modification to how UGSDW may recruit members during New Student Orientation. Members are encouraged to read the contract in its entirety: The contract is available online here and will also be emailed to membership.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new contract, we encourage you to email

UGSDW remains committed to advocating for better wages and working conditions for ALL student workers on campus.

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