Kohlman: Maintenance Staff Will Keep GLCA Tuition Benefits Under Sodexo, Contract Hasn’t Been Completed Yet (UPDATED)
Update: A commenter has said that the benefits Kohlman is referring to extend only to non-union employees such as managers and office staff. Last night, Kohlman told us that the issue hadn’t been discussed with the union yet. We regret any confusion our original post may have caused.
Original post: Mark Kohlman, the College’s chief business officer, has confirmed to us that, while working on the Kenyon campus for Sodexo, managerial and support staff within the maintenance department will continue to receive the tuition exchange benefit they received as Kenyon employees. Following the College’s announcement that they would be entering into an agreement with Sodexo, an email was circulated that called into question whether this benefit would continue to exist for maintenance employees working for Sodexo.
A release put out earlier today by the College said that three members of the maintenance department have chosen to retire, while eight will stay on with Sodexo.
The College chose Sodexo, which is based in Paris and operates in 80 countries, over two other companies whose services were reviewed, Kohlman said. Sodexo’s contract with the College as yet to be completed, though he said that they hope it will be finished by the end of the month.
Kohlman is the first member of senior staff from whom The Thrill has received any comment. President S. Georgia Nugent is currently on the Kenyon Alumni Association-affiliated trip to Cuba, as is Barry Schwartz, the Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.
The College has said it will resume talks with the maintenance workers’ union on June 19. An open forum for employees is scheduled for June 22 at 11:00 a.m. in Peirce Pub.