Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Contract negotiations at Saint Leo University threaten 201 jobs

Sodexo Inc., an international food service and facility management corporation, has notified the state that it may lay off its 201 employees who maintain the grounds at Saint Leo University.

"Unfortunately, the administration has decided to go in a new direction with facilities management program on campus, prompting Sodexo to notify our employees," said company spokesman Gregory Yost.

However, the university said contract negotiations with Sodexo are ongoing, and regardless of the outcome, it will try to save those jobs.

"If no new agreement is reached, the university likely would hire those same people," said Denny Moller, the university's vice president of advancement and communications.

The layoff is scheduled for Sept. 29 and was disclosed in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice to the state.

Sodexo, with annual revenues of $9.2 billion, has 132,600 employees at 9,000 locations in North America, according to the company. It was previously the food service provider at Saint Leo.

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