Whitsons is built on a foundation of wholesome foods and strong family values, and has a long history of partnering with school districts to provide innovative food services for their school communities. We operate at many, union as well as non-union, locations where we have harmonious employee relations.
The Shelton School District granted a contract to Whitsons to operate a financially sound food service program and encouraged Whitsons to hire the existing cafeteria workers. Whitsons did offer and awarded positions to all of the Shelton food service workers on the roster provided by the district at their existing rates of pay, which average about $16.74/hour. The District’s former provider was running a deficit every year and continuing with them would have required the District to make additional reductions to classroom staff. As the Chairman of the Board of Education recently stated, “In order for us to re-enter that negotiation process we would end up having to lay off one or two teachers … despite appreciating all of the work done by the cafeteria workers, laying off teachers to help them to maintain their benefits is unrealistic.” Whitsons has offered fair wages and benefits, consistent with market reality and the financial requirements of the District. For example: