More Troubles for Aramark
It seems the service provided by Aramark may not be living up to its reputation. Known as one of the premier private food providers in the country, its record in the state of Michigan has been anything but. And, this latest controversy could be the beginning of the end here.
The Lansing State Journal is reporting that the latest problem came in the firing of four workers at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia Wednesday. The workers said to have had inappropriate sexual contact with inmates inside of a walk-in cooler.
Those from the state Department of Corrections have confirmed the report indicating they are taking the problems with the company seriously and will review whether to continue its contract to provide food services to state prisons by the end of the month.
The complaints are many, including maggots found near an in food served at two Jackson County facilities, workers walking off the job, shortages of food, and changes in approved menu items.
The article indicates that this latest incident brings to 80 the number of company workers who have now been banned from prison property.
The problems are generating calls from Democrats to end the contract which replaced state union jobs with those from the private sector.
"Once again, misconduct by Aramark employees have caused disruption in our prison system," said State Represenative Sam Singh of East Lansing. "What started out as a few concerning incidents has grown into a pattern of continued poor performance...that has led to dangerous conditions for our corrections officers and ultimatley the general public."
Aramark officials have been working with Governor Snyder's office to try to resolve the issues or determine whether the contract should be continued.
"Quality, safety and security are simply imperative," said Sara Wurfel, the governor's spokesperson. She says Snyder is working with the company to bringing service up to standards.
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