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UMES Union Workers Meet With President Juliette Bell

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Today, union workers met face to face with President Juliette Bell of University of Maryland Eastern Shore. They begged her to reconsider the possibility of privatizing the dining services department.

Back in September, the school announced the option of a private food service contractor, which could potentially put dozens of jobs at risk. We spoke to a union representative from AFSCME, as well as a dining service supervisor after today's meeting.

"We do feel hopeful because she said there was no decision yet made and will not come until January. The next step is to continue to be active and contact our local legislatures and Dr. Bell as well, to let her know that we're against this" says Joe Hartman, President of the local chapter of AFSCME.

If UMES goes through with a private contractor for food services, dining service employees would be without jobs starting July 1st of next year. Stephanie Wells, a dining service supervisor would be one of the employees without a job. She has been an employee at UMES since 1988.

"We're not gonna stop at this point. We're gonna keep pushing til it's over" Stephanie said.

In response, Dr. Bell sent us this statement: "The university and the economy will be an integral part of the process of evaluating the proposals in response to the RFP's, which has not yet begun".

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