I am Joy Delvecchio, a Shelton Lunch Lady. I have worked in the Shelton Public schools for 20 years. For 10 months now my coworkers and I have been struggling to protect our healthcare and income security with our new employer, Whitson’s. After months and months of negotiations, Whitson’s still refuses to answer a basic question; “If Whitson's bid to the Shelton Board of Education for labor costs is virtually the same as the Union’s proposal for labor cost…. Why can’t Whitson's settle a fair contract?
After numerous discussions with our employer, we feel Whitsons can afford to maintain our standard of living. Our numbers that we have presented to Whitson’s show that our last proposal in negotiations is virtually the same as Whitson’s labor costs they submitted to the Board of Education. Repeatedly, we have asked them to discuss this with us. Repeatedly, we have asked them to show us if our numbers are wrong. They continue to refuse. This leaves us all pondering…. either they can’t do the math, or they are hiding something.