Brazos County Democrats speaking out against outsourcing A&M jobs

POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 4:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BRYAN -- We first told you several weeks ago that Texas A&M employees learned their jobs could be outsourced to private companies.

And since then, Chancellor John Sharp has sent four requests for proposals outside the university for maintenance, dining, landscaping and custodial services, stirring up more anger among school employees and now members of the democratic party.

After learning that more than 750 A&M employees might lose their jobs to outsourcing, members of the Brazos County Democratic Party decided to do something about it.

"The democratic party, both the local, state and national party have always stood with people that work to be sure that they get a fair shake and we don't feel that they'll get a fair shake if their jobs are outsourced," said chair, Maggie Charleton.

So in support of the workers, the organization voted unanimously to pass a resolution asking Chancellor Sharp to look at other options first.

"I would challenge him before he lets the workers go to look at the people in his own office and stand with them and consider possibly that they take a pay cut rather than letting these workers go," Charleton said. 

Party member and A&M student Justin Carpenter agrees, "In the long run I would like to see some of these services improved but the proposals that he is suggesting, I think in the long run won't be beneficial."

The Brazos County Democratic Party hopes Chancellor Sharp will consider their resolution but Maggie Charleton says the most important thing is that the employees know they aren't fighting this battle alone.


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