TN Tech Custodians Oppose Privatizing Jobs

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Tech custodians are continuing to rally against a move to outsource their jobs at the Cookeville campus.
The university held meetings this week to answer questions and provide information to private firms interested in seeking a contract.
While those were under way Wednesday, a group of custodians, Tennessee Tech faculty and members of United Campus Workers union protested outside carrying signs that read “Don’t Balance the Budget on Custodians’ Backs” and “Keep off Tech.”
“From my perspective, it’s outsourcing family,” Suellen Alfred, professor in the university’s curriculum and instruction department, told the Cookeville Herald-Citizen ( “You don’t outsource family.”
The custodians and their supporters have passed out more than 600 ribbons and asked the campus community to wear them to support their cause.
The university decided last spring to seek bids as a way to cut costs as state funding for education has decreased.
The university hasn’t made a final decision to eliminate the jobs in favor of a private contractor, waiting until the Sept. 28 bid deadline has passed to evaluate the options.
The custodians say they will continue their rallies to try to influence Tennessee Tech administrators.

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