Updated: May 19, 2009 6:31 p.m.
According to a notice filed with the state of Pennsylvania, Aramark, Penn's dining services provider, will cut 185 jobs at a site on the University's campus.
Aramark told the Philadelphia Business Journal that these cuts will be permanent and will go into effect on July 12, when a residential and retail food-services contract between the company and the University ends.
According to an article printed in the Inquirer, Penn and Aramark said that the decision to terminate the positions was "mutual." Aramark spokeswoman Karen Cutler also told the Inquirer that staff members losing their jobs may be invited to apply for employment with the new Dining Services partner, Bon Appetit Management Company of Palo Alto, Calif.
Aramark will continue to partner with the University at the Steinberg Conference Center, the Palestra, and with technical engineering services.
Business Services spokeswoman Barbara Lea-Kruger wrote in an e-mail that most of the current Aramark employees are expected to be rehired by Bon Appetit.