Report says outsourcing at state colleges would save $35M - WSMV News 4

Report says outsourcing at state colleges would save $35M

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An expansive study of maintenance costs has validated the state’s idea that outsourcing would save millions at Tennessee college and universities.

Earlier this month, the Channel 4 I-Team examined the cost of upkeep at Volunteer State Community College, where some officials are not convinced about the value of outsourcing.

The I-Team found data showing some maintenance staff there recording as little as 16 hours of work a week.

The state report, released Monday, also showed some deficiencies at Vol State. The college had not properly updated its inventory database in more than nine years.

The state is now forging ahead, asking for proposals from private companies to take over maintenance at colleges, universities and many other buildings.

The projected savings is more than $35 million.

The United Campus Workers Union is blasting the report, saying the accounting firm involved donated to Gov. Bill Haslam’s campaign.

If the work is privatized, the state has pledged to retain all workers at the same rate of pay and benefits. All facilities will have the option not to outsource if they choose.

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