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Tennessee Tech Privatizes Custodial Services

Custodial services at Tennessee Tech will be provided by Service Solutions Corp. beginning May 1, 2012, reports the Cookeville Herald-Citizen..
The university signed a contract with the company on Feb. 10 that will allow it to take over the services at the beginning of May.
The move is expected to save the university approximately $1 million in direct costs annually.
However, custodial staff and campus community members have spent the last year speaking out against the move to contract out campus custodial services.
“What does this decision say about the lives and livelihoods of our friends and the integrity and security of our university? Some of us still want Tech to remain a family,” Tech faculty member Andrew Smith said.
The custodians have been petitioning, writing letters, and holding public displays in opposition to the decision, most recently holding a public prayer vigil on campus in light of the university’s decision to move forward.
….Every current custodial employee will receive a $3,200 severance payment and a payment based on their years of service. They will also receive payment for leave and compensatory time and have the option to take $6,400 in tuition benefits per year for two years.
All 60 of Tech’s current custodial employees are guaranteed six months of employment with Service Solutions at the same rate of pay they were awarded with the university. Fifteen of those 60 employees will have 15 or more years of service with the university, allowing them the opportunity to remain employees of the university if they so chose.

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 (http://bit.ly/mZhMGY). “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.

Bob Bell Ends 36 Years at TN Tech

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Tech University President Bob Bell has announced plans to retire next July.
Bell has been president for 12 years and has been at the school for 36 years, including dean of the College of Business.
According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, he disclosed his plans in a message to the campus community.
The Tennessee Board of Regents will pick his successor.