Source: Deborah Gates, DelmarvaNow, August 26, 2014
Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks are among the dining opportunities this academic year at UMES as the campus welcomes its first national fast-food chains. The eateries are part of a major makeover and expansion of food services at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and also their debut in Somerset County.
A centerpiece of the makeover is the student dining center in the Student Services Center, where new private food services operator Thompson Hospitality Inc. of Reston, Virginia, promises more entree selections, vegetarian and vegan items, and soup, pizza and salad stations, along with deli and grilled food choices…. A recent effort to reach Thompson for a comment regarding jobs and the placement of former UMES food services workers was unsuccessful….
UMES to outsource dining services
Source: Deborah Gates, Delmarva Now, April 9, 2014
University of Maryland Eastern Shore has announced plans to outsource campus dining services over the protest of workers who fear the loss of dozens of jobs. ….. For the up to 80 dining services employees who would have to re-apply for their jobs, the outsourcing could mean unemployment or at best, a hefty reduction in their per-hour average pay of about $11, according to the union representing some of the workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. …According to a request for proposals issued by UMES last fall, the contractor would have exclusive rights to provide dining services for students, faculty and staff, cash facilities and concessions. The contract would include operations of the Plateau main dining room, Oasis faculty and guest dining room, the Hawk’s Nest snack bar and the Cafe Grande coffee shop and cyber cafe. In the 2012-2013 academic year, total cash sales alone in dining services were just more than $1 million. The university justified withholding the name of the recommended vendor by saying state policy precludes disclosure until the proposal is vetted by the University System of Maryland and other state agencies….
UMES to Outsource Dining Services in Somerset Co.
Source: Mikea Turner, WBOC, April 9, 2014
…The college has run its own food services for nearly 20 years. It is one of three institutions that operate that way. Nine of 12 University System of Maryland institutions contract their campus food services with a commercial provider. UMES will soon do the same….
UMES Opts To Privatize Dining Services, Dozens Of Jobs At Risk
Source: Jemie Lee, WMDT, April 9, 2014
…The contract with the commercial company still needs to be approved at the state level. Once it goes through, the company is supposed to match the salary levels that were current at the time of the bid, if any of the current workers are hired. But union reps from The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees say the move forces workers below the poverty line….
Donald Cohen’s Opinion: Outsourcing control at UMES is bad for taxpayers
Source: Donald Cohen, Delmarvanow.com, February 21, 2014
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore proposal to outsource food service jobs at a rate of $8.50 an hour, below both the poverty level and the proposed Maryland minimum wage, isn’t just pennywise and pound foolish. It’s been tried before and resulted in disaster. …. In the Public Interest is supporting four Maryland bills to reign in predatory contracting of government services. These proposals will help Maryland taxpayers reclaim control of their services, and make sure that their tax dollars are spent wisely, rather than used to line money pits created by for-profit contractors. It is a commonsense agenda.
Bell to meet with food workers / Outsourcing of operation looms
Source: Deborah Gates, delmarvanow.com, December 10, 2013
UMES President Juliette Bell plans to meet with members of the union for workers in food services to discuss campus jobs threatened as the university weighs whether to outsource the operation. … UMES food services workers and union members protested the university’s “exploratory” request for bidders to run the operation, citing up to 70 full- and part-time jobs at stake as well as the unit’s profitability. About a dozen full-time UMES workers in the operation are AFSCME members and have state benefits. … The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is among three campuses in the University System of Maryland with an in-house food services operation. The others are Salisbury University and the system’s flagship University of Maryland. …
Union Calls For UMES To Rethink Slashing Dining Service
Source: Kelly Rule, WMDT, December 3, 2013
The decision on whether or not the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will use a private contractor for food services may be far off. Members of their employee’s union, AFSCME Maryland, have asked President Bell to take six months to consider the option…
UMES extends RFP deadline for food services operation
Source: Deborah Gates, delmarvanow.com, November 18, 2013
UMES Food Services workers apparently will learn their employment fate during the Christmas holidays or later. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday announced it had extended the deadline for private vendors to submit a bid to run the operations. Dec. 2 is the new deadline to submit proposals, pushing back the Nov. 18 deadline and a decision by UMES whether to contract out food services or continue to keep the operations in-house. An estimated 70 full- and part-time jobs are expected to be impacted by the decision. UMES officials have stipulated that a winning contractor must allow current food services workers to apply for a job. Also, the contractor would be “obligated contractually” to pay food services workers at UMES a minimum of $8.50 per hour during the first year of the contract. In the second year, workers would earn a minimum of $9 per hour. ….
UMES employees lobby to save food-service jobs / Effort made to stave off impact of food-service cut
Source: Deborah Gates, delmarvanow.com, October 11, 2013
A group of employees are collecting student signatures and contacting elected officials for support to keep UMES food services operations in-house — and the employees with university jobs. Over the last week, food service workers who are union members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collected over 600 petition signatures from mostly students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The petition calls for “no layoffs” among the estimated 80 food service workers whose jobs would be on the line if the operation is contracted out to a private vendor. A group of employees are collecting student signatures and contacting elected officials for support to keep UMES food services operations in-house — and the employees with university jobs. Over the last week, food service workers who are union members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees collected over 600 petition signatures from mostly students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The petition calls for “no layoffs” among the estimated 80 food service workers whose jobs would be on the line if the operation is contracted out to a private vendor….