Gary food service workers face outsourcing proposal
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/648-3154 April 9, 2013 8:52PM
Updated: May 11, 2013 6:42AM
GARY — Gary Community School Corp. food service workers are worried the School Board will outsource their jobs to a private company to save money.
The district has 75 to 80 food service workers in cafeterias at the schools. They are district employees and members of Service Employees International Union Local 73.
Dorothy Dillon, a food service worker at Brunswick Elementary, urged board members at Tuesday’s meeting not to outsource their jobs.
“We are trained professionals with years of background and if you remove us or sign us over to another company, they won’t know us or the children,” she said.
Alice Bush, an SEIU representative, said the food service workers would lose their state pensions if they’re no longer district employees.
The board agreed Tuesday to take proposals from food service companies, but it hasn’t made a final decision yet. Board President Rosie Washington said the district is examining the costs to save money.
The district has been in prolonged negotiations with the union over a contract for the food service workers. Bush said the contract expired about two years ago, but the workers continue to work under the terms of the old contract.