Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 2, 2013

Workers facing layoff could get other prison jobs

Associated Press

---- — LANSING — The Michigan Department of Corrections says workers being laid off as part of a Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to privatize prison food service could become corrections officers.

The Detroit Free Press reports the State Administrative Board on Monday approved a 3-year, $145-million prison food contract with Aramark Correctional Services of Philadelphia after an appeal filed with the Civil Service Department was dismissed on Friday.

The contract is expected to eliminate 370 Corrections Department jobs.

Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan says affected workers will get the chance to train as corrections officers in December.