Morningstar Hospitality who provides food services for employees at Essar Steel Algoma is pulling out of the plant, SaultOnline.com has learned.
Sources tell SaultOnline.com that the food provider based in Orillia, was not being paid by Essar. Mike DePrat, President USW Local2251 tells us that members would often use food vouchers issued by supervisors for employees looking for a meal on their shift. Those vouchers were redeemed by the company and paid to the contractor of food services.
That’s not the case according to Essar however, Brenda Stenta, manager corporate communications. “The Company’s account with Morningstar Hospitality remains current; account balances are paid commensurate with payroll deductions – biweekly for hourly and monthly for salaried.” Stenta replied in an email.
“Morningstar has unilaterally reduced service and has informed us they are terminating the contract, negatively impacting our employees and their ability to obtain food service while on shift. We have deemed this level of service unacceptable.” Stenta continued. Essar Steel Algoma has since put out a tender for a new food service provider.
“We must provide services for our employees and it is for this reason the company has issued a Request for Proposals for food services.” Stenta said.
SaultOnline.com reached out to Morningstar Hospitality but they did not return our call or make comment. Morningstar also provides food services to the Sault Area Hospital, Sault Airport and Algoma University.