Tennessee Union resists Privatization of Campuses

August 17, 2016 5:54 pm | Updated 2 months ago.

The United Campus Workers (UCW) union who is representing the Tennessee college workers is protesting against the outsourcing decision. This plan will result in outsourcing of facilities maintenance and management of the public college campuses which will ultimately cost union members their own jobs. The workers union on Monday released around 400 comments which are addressing the outsourcing plan.

Donna Smith, one of the commenter said, “The work is already being done well by Tennessee’s hardworking public servants. We know how to do the job best and most efficiently, and we’re the ones most committed to the needs of our state.”

On the other hand, Michelle Martin who is the spokesperson for the state office and also reviewing the outsourcing decision has assured the union members about the protection of jobs.

According to The Tennessean, an internal report which is released in March recommended that if the management of student centers, residence halls, and all other properties within the state is privatized, then $36 million per year could be saved. But the governor has assured the current state workers that all the savings will be realized “without layoffs or cuts to pay benefits.”

Source: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8015

Date of Publication: 16 / 08 / 2016