A&M System Chancellor John Sharp spoke at the Student Senate meeting tonight on campus. While he was there he was also greeted by hundreds of employees, many holding signs, who say they fear they could lose their jobs due to outsourcing.
The chancellor spoke with about two dozen Facilities Services employees before the meeting started. He then addressed students and employees in the meeting. He told them that beginning next week, private companies will begin to survey students about what they want to eat. Those private companies could then sign a contract with A&M and take over dining services. It's a move that has many employees worried, but they chancellor says it's still way too early.
"I wanted to explain to the leaders of the student senate what this is about and what we're trying to do to improve food service and to be as cost effective as possible and to also quell some of the goofy rumors about a thousand people being laid off,” said Chancellor John Sharp.
"I'm confused and I want clarity and maybe this meeting will help a little bit and you know give it a little time. Don't do everything as a whole,” said Alma Villarreal, a custodial supervisor at Texas A&M.
"I hope that what we did tonight by making flyers and bringing our banners will show that we really care about our jobs,” said Ramona Sanchez, a custodial worker at Texas A&M.
Sharp told the crowd the need to cut costs comes from an 11% reduction in state funds. Facility Service employees tell us they won't stop until they know their jobs are safe.
Tonight was the first time Sharp officially addressed students or employees. Employees learned about the possible outsourcing last Thursday through the media after a supervisor reportedly leaked the information.