Edens, Deco closing leaves workers wondering where to go

The closing of two campus dining locations will cause employee layoffs, but future jobs at the university are possible for the workers, the general manager to Dining Services said.

Meetings with Edens and Deco Deli workers will take place during Spring Break to determine which of the 11 employees will fill four open positions at The Main, said Rick Flores, the general manager to Dining Services. The jobs are available depending on the employees’ schedules, and certain employees cannot work with the new shifts at The Main, he said.

During their absence, employees will not receive pay but will have their jobs back in August, Flores said.

Some workers will go on unemployment or take a leave of absence, Flores said.

Legia Abato, marketing manager for Dining Services, said 95 percent of dining employees leave for summer anyway but are called back for the fall semester to start their jobs again.

“Some employees have second jobs – I’m not sure who, but those interested in still having a job after the closing will be placed into other jobs if it is possible for their schedules,” Abato said. “The employees should not worry because they’ll be receiving a call from us soon regarding their future employment.”

Deco Deli cashier Betty Jones said she has confidence in Flores’ ability to find jobs for workers after the closing, but said she still worries the situation could get worse.

Jones said she has worked at Deco for 15 years and is sad to leave.

“I just hope I get called soon and have a job up at The Main,” she said.