Chancellor Sharp addresses A&M outsourcing

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 6:39pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

COLLEGE STATION -- It's been one month since A&M chancellor, John Sharp, announced his plans to possibly outsource more than 750 university jobs.

Since then four proposals have been sent out, creating a lot of backlash from employees, supporters and faculty members. So today, Chancellor Sharp addressed the issue to the public.

Employees who work in maintenance, landscaping, dining and custodial services have been on pins and needles ever since they found out their jobs may be outsourced.

"When we heard that, they gave us a date," said custodial supervisor, Alma Villarreal. "They said that they weren't sure... maybe but they told us June first, so we figure that when you have a date then there might be something more serious that they have already looked into."

Rumors have been swirling around campus so chancellor John Sharp spoke out today to set the record straight.

"I hear these people say, or I read in the paper, 'How in the world can you stand up here and tell us that you can get these savings or whatever it is that you're looking for and you don't have to lay off employees?'  Because that's what the companies told us they could do," said Sharp.

But it's the idea of outsourcing and privatizing theses services that has A&m employees unhappy but Sharp says it's necessary to cut costs and be more efficient.

"Can't we see whether or not we can do something different than losing a million dollars a year?"

Alma Villarreal says the move shouldn't just be about saving money.

"A lot of chancellors come in and they want to change things for the better of A&M, which is great but why affect people's lives? And it's not just one employee, it's not two employees it's the families of those people too."

So far no time-table has been set for a decision about the proposals.


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