A&M looks to outsource facility jobs, workers speak out

POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 4:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- In an attempt to generate more revenue and improve efficiency at Texas A&M, Chancellor John Sharp, wants to outsource the University's facility services so today more than 700 of A&M's employees met to discuss the future and security of their jobs.

"What would happen if we were missing for just one week?" asked one employee. "The college would collapse. There would be no classes, there'd be nothing. Without us, the college couldn't even run."

Tensions were high and feelings hurt at today's special meeting, where university officials addressed the idea of outsourcing facility jobs.

"Chancellor Sharp had directed President Loftin to prepare requests and proposals to identify outside companies or vendors who could potentially provide services for the University," said vice president of administration, Rodney McClendon.

This move would affect more than 700 employees working in building maintenance, landscape maintenance, dining services and custodial services.

While Chancellor Sharp was not in attendance, he released a statement saying, "Our employees - their jobs, salaries and benefits - will be a key consideration in the evaluation of any proposal from the private sector."

But many of the workers who voiced their opinions say the university isn't thinking about them at all.

"Just because you're wanting to do this doesn't mean it's the right choice. I mean, if this were to take affect we'd be working here at A&M possibly but we wouldn't be a part of A&M anymore."

Another employee added, "We are the most important people who serve here at A&M."

While officials did answer questions about outsourcing today, many workers are still uncertain if they'll have a job by the end of this process.

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