Food Service Worker Survey
Over one thousand SEIU Local 888 members cook and serve healthy, safe and good food for students and veterans in our communities. But students and veterans get more than just nutrition from us. We create a welcoming and comforting environment for all. Food is love and we serve it everyday!
Local 888 food service workers are organized in 21 school chapters and two veteran homes. While every chapter fights for the best it can, by being united in Local 888 members can also establish industry standards, share best practices and build our collective power.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey about you and the work you do as a food service worker. Local 888 will collect surveys until September 30. All individual responses will be kept confidential. The summary of results will be shared during Food Service Worker Appreciation Week, October 15-18. Learn more about Appreciation Week at
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Name (optional, all responses will be confidential)
Where do you work (school and district)?
What is your job title?
How long have you worked there?
Less than one year
1 to 5 years
5 years to 10 years
Over 10 years
What is your hourly wage?
Less than $12/hr
$12/hr to $14.99/hr
$15/hr to $17.99/hr
$18/hr to $20.99/hr
$21/hr to $23.99/hr
$24/hr to $26.99/hr
How many hours do you work per week?
0 to 9 hours per week
10 to 19 hours per week
20 to 29 hours per week
30 to 39 hours per week
40 hours or more per week
Do you work more than one job?
No, I only work one job.
Yes, I work two jobs.
Yes, I work three jobs or more.
Check all of the following that apply to you:
I work in the school cafeteria during the school year.
I work at the Soldier's Home year-round.
I work in the school cafeteria during the summer.
I have a second year-round job.
I have a second job in the summer.
I have a third job.
Are you satisfied with the numbers of hours you work per week?
No, I want to work more hours.
No, I want to work fewer hours.
Please elaborate on any issues with scheduling or hours.
Do you have access to health care benefits?
No, health care is not offered to anyone.
No, I do not work enough hours to qualify for health care.
No, I can't afford the health care benefits offered.
No, I have not worked here long enough to be eligible for health care.
Do you have vision insurance?
Do you have dental insurance?
Any other issues with your health and wellness benefits?
What statement best describes safety at your workplace?
I always feel safe at work
Most days I feel safe at work
Occasionally I feel unsafe at work
Most days I feel unsafe at work
I always feel unsafe at work
What statement best describes tasks at your workplace?
I never have to do a task that is unsafe.
Occasionally my job involves an unsafe task.
Often my job involves an unsafe task.
I always have to do tasks that are unsafe.
Have you witnessed or personally worked in any of these unsafe conditions at your workplace? Please check all that apply.
Heavy lifting without enough staff
Improperly stored chemicals
Improperly trained co-workers or substitute workers
Unclear procedure on what to do in an emergency such as a fire or shooter
Unclear procedure or lack of training on equipment
Have you ever suffered an injury on the job?
No, I have never suffered an injury on the job.
No, I have never suffered an injury on the job, but am afraid I will.
No, I have never suffered an injury on the job, but my coworker has.
Yes, I have suffered an injury on the job once.
Yes, I have suffered an injury on the job more than once.
Have you personally sustained any of these injuries or illnesses while working in Food Service or know of other food service workers who have? Please check all that apply.
Slip or fall
Flu or other contagious illness
Back pain, foot pain or other sustained pain
Difficulty walking or lifting
Do you have a specific safety concern to share?
How often is your cafeteria understaffed?
Once or twice a month
At least once a week
How often do you cover the duties of another staff position?
Yes, a few times a month
Yes, a least once a week
Yes, most of the time
How are you typically compensated for doing additional duties?
Substitute Pay or Substitute Rate
I am not compensated for my additional work
Do you receive adequate job training?
Yes, I receive regular training so that I can excel at my job and be prepared for advancement opportunities.
I receive the necessary training required by the state, but no more.
I do not receive adequate training.
I do not receive any training.
What statement best describes advancement opportunities at your workplace?
I have been promoted at least once and will continue to have an advancing career here.
There is a clear opportunity for advancement here and I expect to be promoted soon.
There are advancement opportunities here but I don't expect to be promoted.
There are few advancement opportunities here.
There are no advancement opportunities here.
Priorities in Contract Negotiations
It is time to negotiate contracts for many Food Service workers and it is important to know what your priorities are in a strong contract. Please rate the following priorities in order of importance for your next contract. 1 is the highest priority and 5 is the lowest priority.
Hours and schedule
Paid Time Off: Vacation, Personal Business and/or Sick Leave
What is the most important issue to you as a food service worker?
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