Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Senate Lunch Ladies

It seems Amherst is not alone in struggling with outsourcing food service. The Senate recently voted to privatize it's cafeteria, but not before much hand-wringing:
"I know what happens with privatization. Workers lose jobs, and the next generation of workers make less in wages. These are some of the lowest-paid workers in our country, and I want to help them," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a staunch labor union ally, said recently.
The House privatized years ago, and has better food at better prices (huh, imagine that...).

(Hat tip to the Marginal Revolution blog).


Larry Kelley said...

You gotta wonder: If the DPW had two or three GUYS who did nothing but oil changes for Amherst's extensive fleet of vehicles and the town discovered it would be significantly cheaper to outsource those jobs to Jiffy Lube, would there be this hue and cry?

Gavin Andresen said...

No way.

Providing (healthy) food to (cute) kids is WAY more compelling than providing (filthy) oil to (dirty) cars.