Two contractors warn state of impending layoffs

Northrop Grumman and Aramark say contracts are ending

March 22, 2011|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Two contractors have warned state regulators that they will lay off a total of nearly 230 employees over the next few months.

Northrop Grumman Corp., one of Maryland's largest employers, said Tuesday that 145 Elkridge-based employees will lose their jobs because the U.S. Postal Service contract they have been working on is ending. The layoffs will start April 26 and conclude at the end of August, said company spokesman David R. Apt.

Separately, Philadelphia-based Aramark told the state that its 83 employees providing custodial and housekeeping services to Towson University will lose their jobs June 30 because its contract has not been renewed. But it's not as clear-cut as a typical layoff because the new contractor, ABM Industries Inc., could hire some or all of the workers.

"As the largest commercial cleaning and maintenance company in the U.S., ABM often assumes responsibility for delivering services from a prior contractor," Tony Mitchell, a company spokesman, said in a statement. "We intend to continue our longstanding practice of interviewing and considering any and all interested staff currently providing maintenance to the University, including conducting a job fair."

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