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Governor Snyder Considering Terminating Aramark Contract For MI Prisons

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Governor Snyder: (Aramark) "Performance Hasn’t Been Acceptable”

LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The Snyder administration has not made a final decision, but there are indications that the governor is considering terminating a food service contract in the state prison system.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has an update on this continuing story.

The governor is not happy with the Aramark Company and its handling of food services behind prison walls.

Insects were found on the chow line, 80 employees have been fired, the company has been fined $98,000 and 150 inmates got sick. Although no one has linked that to maggots and fly larvae in the kitchen.

So is the governor thinking about terminating the contract? He did not say yes, but he clearly did not say no.

“Well there’s been a number of issues. So I would say we’re approaching those kind of points, in terms of what needs to be done.”

Reporter: “You would consider canceling the contract?”

Governor Snyder: “Well again, I don’t want to start all kinds of speculation, but the performance hasn’t been acceptable and so we need to get these things resolved.”

The legislature, not the governor decided to fire 370 state employees who did the food services prior to the private company coming in.

The state prison director even told lawmakers not to do it.

Representative Greg MacMaster chairs the prison budget and he is warning against moving too quickly to end the contract. He thinks that organized labor, which lost those jobs, may be trying to exploit this story.

Meanwhile it has been learned that while no final decision has been made, the governor is considering all options and termination of the contract has not been ruled out.

“They need to fire the company. They need to get rid of them. We’re having big problems in the institutions out there. Aramark should be let go,” said Mel Greishaber, union president.

Even though this union leader does not represent the food service workers, he says his members are worried.

“Corrections officers are worried about the safety and security of the intuitions,” said Greishaber.

For now all eyes are on the governor as he considers his next move.

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