MIAMI, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, May 1, 2006, UNICCO Service Company
and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 11 entered into
a Settlement Agreement in connection with the ongoing labor dispute at the
University of Miami.
Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the parties agreed to
conduct an impartial process to verify the majority of employees' interest
in collective bargaining representation by the SEIU. This verification
process will be conducted by a neutral third party, the American
Arbitration Association (AAA) and completed no later than August 1, 2006.
Both parties have agreed that a majority will be recognized with at least
60% workforce voting to authorize representation by the SEIU. The SEIU and
UNICCO also agreed to a code of conduct and behavior, which will govern the
As part of the Settlement Agreement, striking employees will return to
work on May 3, 2006 and unfair labor practice charges filed by both parties
will be immediately withdrawn from the National Labor Relations Board. "We
are pleased that UNICCO and Andrew Stern, President of the SEIU, were able
to reach an agreement and resolve this dispute in a way that is fair and
equitable to all parties," stated Steven C. Kletjian, Chairman and CEO,
UNICCO Service Company, "The Settlement Agreement satisfies our most
significant concern -- that the rights of our employees are preserved, and
they have access to a democratic process that allows them to freely express
their opinion regarding union representation."
SOURCE UNICCO Service Company