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More calls for state to end food service contract with Aramark in Michigan prisons

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Leaders from the union representing the state employees who used to run food services in Michigan's prison system and the corrections officers union again called for the Governor to end the contract with the company that took over the program.  Nick Ciaramitaro, the legislative director of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 25, warned the Governor that "he is playing with dynamite" if he does not nix the Aramark deal. He contends the problems will continue to mount unless the jobs "are brought back in house." 

The MIRS News Service reports that Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville Thursday told the television program Off the Record the state "definitely needs to revisit the contract," although he stopped short of calling for termination. If that does happen Richardville said he thinks the contract should be re-bid. Addressing the contract is "a top priority,” as he concluded, "there is no way that this should be happening." 

Governor Snyder has previously expressed his concerns with Aramark's performance, during a week where maggots showed up in or near food in two facilities. That's in addition to previous reports of food shortages, disciplinary problems with Aramark employees and staffing shortages, which prompted the DOC to inform the company penalties in the contract would be strictly enforced beginning July 1.