You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Outgoing WSU food service provider notifies state of 134 layoffs


As many as 134 people will lose their jobs with Wright State University’s outgoing food service provider when the company’s contract expires June 30. But the union representing the workers said it hopes the workers will be hired by the incoming company.

Sodexo Inc. notified the state that it will “close its operation” at Wright State “and the employment of individuals there will be discontinued,” according to Sodexo’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The company has been providing dining plan services and managing retail space at WSU’s Fairborn and Lake campuses since 1995.

Wright State is currently negotiating a 10-year contract with another company, Chartwells. The company would provide all services, including concessions at the Wright State Nutter Center, said Mark Polatajko, vice president for business and fiscal affairs and university treasurer.

“It is our desire and our hope that they will hire our members,” said Dennis Painter, international representative for the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America. Painter said the union has had preliminary conversations with the new company, but has not yet met with them.

He said some workers have more than 30 years of experience working at Wright State under different companies.

Chartwells is owned by the Compass Group, which has more than 180,000 employees in the United States, according to its website.

The transition comes after a 10-month review aimed at getting the best deal and quality services for the community and taxpayers, according to WSU. Four companies made presentations on campus, Polatajko said. Chartwells’ proposal guarantees the university will receive $24 million in the 10 years, and an additional $8.2 million to improve facilities, including constructing the new Woods Commons, Polatajko said.

Polatajko said Chartwells has said it will be reaching out to current employees and conducting on-site interviews.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Historic home now open as bed and breakfast in Eastern Clark County
Historic home now open as bed and breakfast in Eastern Clark County
Mystery Christmas tree reappears in Arizona
Mystery Christmas tree reappears in Arizona
Christmas decorations once again adorn a tree in the median of an Arizona highway. The juniper tree along I-17, north of the Sunset Point rest stop, is anonymously decorated each year during the Christmas season.
Teachers save choking girl's life with Heimlich maneuver
Teachers save choking girl's life with Heimlich maneuver
Teachers at a Pennsylvania school are being credited with saving a girl’s life. A 7-year old girl named Aubrey was eating breakfast Wednesday morning at Lockley Early Learning Center when she started to choke.
Stafford: Updated takes on classic Christmas carols
Stafford: Updated takes on classic Christmas carols
Samsung to disable Galaxy Note 7 devices on Dec. 19
Samsung to disable Galaxy Note 7 devices on Dec. 19
In an effort to get U.S. customers to turn off their devices, Samsung will be issuing a software update next week that will make the Galaxy Note 7 inoperable.
More Stories