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Union Calls For UMES To Rethink Slashing Dining Services

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - 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.

AFSCME officials ask that the university fully considers what they believe could be a negative impact on students, services, and workers if they contract out.

Earlier this fall, UMES announced private contracting could be an option, which could potentially put dozens of jobs at risk.

"To do this at their own proposal would move workers, nearly 100 workers from a decent paying job," says Jeff Pittman, a spokesman for AFSCME. "Why are we doing this?"

Pittman says the university reportedly makes about $500,000 from the dining services, and keeping the jobs will help tax payers.

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