Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UW-Eau Claire's website says Sodexo has been a partner with the school for Blugold Dining since spring 2002.  It goes on to say that Sodexo's operation at the university employs almost 100 full-time union workers, and about 250 UW-Eau Claire and high school students.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A giant food service company that bumped thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan earlier this year now says it's backtracking.

Sodexo had justified its original decision by saying it was aligning corporate policies with the requirements of President Barack Obama's health care law. But the move fueled a union organizing drive and campus protests.

Now Sodexo's experience could be a cautionary tale for other employers looking to blame "Obamacare" for benefit reductions.

Julie Peterson, the company's vice president for benefits, tells The Associated Press the latest policy shift will restore eligibility for health care and other benefits next year to many of the affected workers.

The Obama administration says nothing in the health care law requires an employer to drop coverage.

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