Saving New Jersey Jobs

There have been a couple of posts on Blue Jersey lately (here and here) regarding Governor Christie’s plan to privatize the state lottery and ship jobs out of New Jersey. It’s hard to understand the governor’s motivation since the state lottery is one of the few revenue streams that are meeting projections. Today, I interviewed Seth Hahn, the Legislative and Political Director of CWA, to learn more about the impact of privatization.

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  1. firstamend07

    As mentioned before on this site ,other privatization contracts have been awarded,but the unions have kept silent on them.

    One example is in the Corrections Department.

    Starting in a matter of days, Aramark Corp. will privatize all Food Service operations at Bayside State Prison in Cumberland County New Jersey.

    This is the first “in- prison” privatization contract awarded by the NJDOC since the 1990’s when the Medical operation for all the prisons was given to a for-profit company ( that was a financial disaster!).

    The Contract # T- 2780-X- 22211 was  being kept secret because the contract relies on the legally questionable practice of an outside, for-profit company employing inmates to help them enhance their ” bottom line”.

    The practice of privatizing government operations has long been a contentious issue. But this privatization is different. In T 2780X-22211 Aramark is provided with an unlimited inmate labor pool  ,being paid at the inmate salary scale ,by the State( aka the taxpayers!), to make on average 7,620 meals a day and Aramark is getting $3.6 million/year ,of taxpayer money, for each of the first two years, to make this work.

    In short, Aramark is using inmate labor to make a corporate profit.

    In some States the use of inmate labor for private profit and purposes is illegal. Aramark is only hiring part-time civilian staff , with no benefits, to man the prison 24/7 and provide meals each day.

    Aramark is dependent on this inmate labor pool for the operation to be successful and to turn a profit.

    Sweet deal indeed!

    The contract reads as if Aramark wrote it themselves!  


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