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Some UVM food service workers face benefit loss

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The University of Vermont's faculty union wants the administration to prevent some food service workers from losing their benefits.

Vermont Public Radio reports that Sodexo, a Maryland-based food service company, is changing its definition of full-time employees because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. Currently, workers who take the summer off still qualify as full-time, but under the changes, workers have to average at least 30 hours per week year round to be considered full-time and eligible for benefits such as health care and paid sick days.

University President Thomas Sullivan says the administration is looking into whether the contract between Sodexo and UVM allows the university to stop the change. The company's contract is up for renegotiation next summer.

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