Safety, Quality of Privatized Services Remain Top Concerns for State Union Employees

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

Lansing, Mich. (WILX) Unions representing state employees urged the Michigan Civil Service Commission Wednesday to consider quality, not just the bottom line, when looking to privatize government state services.

During public remarks at a commission meeting Wednesday morning, several unions representing state employees testified about the need for more quality assurance and transparency when it comes to privatization contracts.

Mel Grieshaber, the executive director of the Michigan Department of Corrections cited the Aramark food service contract, that privatized the state's food service for inmates, as one of the most recent examples of outsourcing that has sacrificed quality and safety to save money.

"The corrections officers, every single day we are receiving information about problems with the Aramark contact with the institutions and we're worried about the safety and security," he said.

There were several calls made during testimony Wednesday for the commission to form a work group to be able to better assess the quality of the contracts.

WILX's Josh Sidorowicz will have more on where talks stand on creating that work group tonight on News 10 at 5.


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