AMHERST — On Wednesday, 34 food service workers at Hampshire College were informed that come August 1, they will no longer have jobs.
The news was delivered to the employees at the college’s on-campus café, Bon Appétit, which is run by Bon Appétit Management Company, a third-party contractor. Mary McEneany, the college’s treasurer and vice president for finance and administration, on Tuesday had informed the leaders of the food service workers’ union — the only union on campus — that the college would not renew its contract with Bon Appétit this fall.
“We’re not getting severance packages or anything like that,” said Donnie Blackwell, a Bon Appétit staffer and vice president of the union. “People are losing their jobs. The people on the bottom are always affected,