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Petition opposes outsourcing of ETSU custodians

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

East Tennessee State University is facing reduced enrollments in the future and finding ways to cut the budget will soon become priority.

One idea to save money being explored by university leaders includes outsourcing the custodial staff to an outside contractor.

ETSU Vice President of Finance and Administration, David Collins, stated in a letter to the ETSU community that no decision regarding outsourcing has yet been made. The letter did say the university had discussed the idea with two outside contractors about taking over custodial operations.

The outsourcing idea is facing opposition from custodial employees resulting in a petition against the measure that can be found in several campus buildings.

News Channel 11 spoke anonymously with one custodian who said even though ETSU leaders say they are only looking into the idea they feel it may be inevitable.

The employee said so far they have received lots of support from faculty and students regarding the matter.

The custodial worker just hopes the petitions will be enough to keep their jobs intact.

"Basically nobody stands up for us anymore so we're trying to stand up for ourselves," said the employee.

 

 

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