Sodexo's 164 Fairfield University food service workers facing layoffs, record shows

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Fairfield University is changing food service providers next month and as a result, 164 cafeteria workers are facing the possibility of losing their jobs.

Food service Sodexo has notified officials at the state Department of Labor that because the company’s contract with the school is not being renewed, the workers will be laid off on July 15 when the current agreement expires. Sodexo notified state officials of its plans as required under the federal Worker Readjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Sodexo officials did not respond to a request for comment on the school’s decision to find a new food service provider.

“Sodexo is providing less than 60 days’ notice of this action because of business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable and outside of Sodexo’s control due to Fairfield University’s cancellation of our contract,” the WARN notice states.

Jennifer Anderson, Fairfield University’s vice president of marketing and communications, said the school is currently “evaluating food services providers and has no further comment at this time.”

The food service workers are represented by New Haven-based Local 217 of UNITE HERE.

Ian Dunn, a spokesman for the union, said negotiators for Local 217 “are in discussions with the new food service provider and we are optimistic that our members will be able to find jobs with that company.”

Correction: A previous version of this story used an incorrect drone photo of the Sacred Heart University campus.

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