Privatization Defeated In Wareham, MA!

Source: AFSCME Council 93, Facebook, June 19, 2014

Congratulations to the members of AFSCME Local 30 in Wareham, MA. The local teamed up with Council 93 to derail fast track plans to privatize school cafeteria services. The school committee voted 5-0 last night to abandon the school superintendent’s RFP process, which could have eliminated AFSCME members’ jobs before at the end of the school year. Click the link below to see the video of the last month’s school committee meeting where the committee heard strong testimony in opposition to privatization from Council 93 and many other opponents of privatization. AFSCME testimony starts at minute 8 of the video.

School Committee unanimously votes to explore privatization of food services
Source: Wareham Week, May 21, 2014

Though several members of the community voiced displeasure over the possibility of Wareham privatizing the food service program at its schools, the School Committee still voted unanimously to support the request for proposal process…She said that included the formation of a subcommittee, as well a continued effort to review the current program and to seek ways to keep the services in-house….Jim Durkin, a union representative for the current food service workers in Wareham with the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 93, presented several arguments against privatization, including an example in Chelmsford where workers hired by a private vendor either stole or were found to be involved with drugs. “I’ll ask you all to ask yourselves—are these the kind of things you want to bring to Wareham?,” said Durkin….