06/18/2013 07:39 am ET Updated Aug 18, 2013

Staffing Execs: 650 Layoffs Planned Linked To Unpaid DPS Contract | Crain's Detroit Business


Two staffing companies plan to lay off about 650 employees at Detroit Public Schools by Aug. 12 if the school district cannot resolve a dispute over more than $18 million in missed payments on a building services contract.

Vice President Steve Cox of Gaithersburg, Md.-based Sodexo North America and COO Scott Rice of Detroit-based Powerlink Facilities Management Services both confirmed Monday they sent notices to the state Workforce Development Agency of pending layoffs, under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

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