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Tobi Jackson, Angel Luebanos, Christene Chadwick Moss, Judy Needham, Ashley Paz, Jacinto Ramos Jr, T.A. Sims, Ann Sutherland,
I want to express my concern over the possible privatization & outsourcing of Fort Worth Independent School District [FWISD] jobs on behalf of the over one thousand Cafeteria/Nutrition workers employed by the FWISD.
It has come to my attention that the FWISD School Board is voting Tuesday April 23rd, to accept a contract from out-of-state food service contractor; Illinois based Sodexco, to provide food and food service for our public schools’ lunches and breakfasts for our public school students in Fort Worth.
Privatizing and outsourcing these workers is unacceptable.
Take whatever steps necessary as a board member to insure that current and future Cafeteria/Nutrition workers’ jobs remain as Fort Worth ISD jobs - for the Fort Worth community - and the citizens of Tarrant County. Do NOT allow ANY outsourcing of the nutrition for our children to some corporate office in Chicago or Philadelphia.
We are Tarrant County, Fort Worth, of Texas, and we take care of our own.
Privatized positions degrade the honorable work performed by employees
These FWISD jobs provide for a living wage for workers in Tarrant County – They are FWISD employees. They are not XYZ Food Slop Inc. ‘Associates’. Current employees and future employees that care for the future of our community are to be employed by the school district in their community. Being a FWISD employee makes them a connected part of our community. If these jobs are outsourced to an out-of-state 3rd party vendor, that connection will be lost. If there is one place in our society that should foster, encourage, nurture and grow the connection to community in all its policies, contracts, employee engagement, and business affairs it should be the public schools of that community.
Families and the communities they serve rely on the honorable jobs offered to cafeteria employees. The employees are overwhelming female and, more specifically, Hispanic females. They work for decades in our schools and become a part of the community, in part, because of the benefits FWISD and the state offers.
Any discussion to outsource these jobs of the FWISD Cafeteria/Nutrition workers should be shelved immediately. Do not ‘Wal-Mart’ the Fort Worth ISD!
There are other options
FWISD can look at other large, urban school districts that run their food service divisions well, learn best practices, and hire quality managers to lead the way. In the alternative, school districts like Keller, which I believe a few of you visited, can provide guidance to how their food service program is successful for them. They outsourced the management of their program to an outside company but kept the cafeteria employees as Keller employees. I sent an Open Records to Keller and received their food service contract. FWISD could do something similar and retain campus-based employees “now and forever” as they were told all along.
The Tarrant County Central Labor Council will stand with those that stand with working families and we will remember those that do not.
We stand in solidarity with FWISD Cafeteria and Nutrition workers.
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