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    In response to management plans to outsource 17 unions jobs, members of the Culinary Craft Association marched on the home of Culinary Institute of America’s President Tim Ryan. The union members brought a petition with over 1,000 signatures, asking the CIA to save these positions.
     “The CIA claims that the plan to outsource these jobs is driven by economic necessity.  How can that be true when the CIA leads the region in executive compensation—beating Vassar College, a billion dollar institution?” said Ray Minew, Culinary Craft Association president.

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    “During these supposedly austere times, pay for the top administrators at the CIA has grown by almost two million dollars from 2013 to 2015. Outsourcing is union busting—plain and simple.  And I, for one, find it to be disgusting—and I know that I am not alone.  I am honored and humbled to have over 1,000 regular citizens sign this petition in support of my fellow workers and hope the Institute realizes that the community is watching,” said Paul Rembisz, Culinary Craft Association chief steward.
      Carl Renzo, one of the 17 workers slated to lose their jobs, said, “I work hard and play by the rules.  I am a taxpayer.  How can the CIA do this to me? The CIA is a tax-exempt nonprofit that doesn’t have to pay to support local services like the fire department or police, but right now it’s like the school is run by Gordon Gekko—slashing wages for workers and jacking up executive pay.”
     “New York State and Dutchess County have both supported the CIA by issuing millions and millions of dollars of bonds on behalf of the Institute. Is this how the Culinary repays the community? By outsourcing the jobs of the people that keep it running?” said Dean Lysenko, a painter at the CIA who is also affected by the layoffs. “They are going to take taxpaying citizens and put them on unemployment.”
      Seventeen employees are expected to be terminated as Culinary Institute of America announced plans to subcontract grounds-keeping, recycling and painting work to LCS Facility Group in later September—the layoffs are expected by the end of the month.  As reported in its most recent audited financial statement, the Culinary Institute of America had net assets of $259.5 million in 2016—an increase of $1.9 million over 2015.
      The Culinary Craft Association also presented a copy of their petition to the Dutchess County Legislature at their regular meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
    The Culinary Craft Association is affiliated with SEIU Local 200United, a union of 14,000 members representing building and grounds and dining services workers and contingent faculty at over 25 colleges and universities in New York and Vermont, including Marist College, Vassar College and Bard College.

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