TAMU Employees Meet to Discuss Job Future

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

Texas A&M University officials and hundreds of Texas A&M employees met for just over an hour Friday morning.

The meeting covered what will happen to their careers, after finding out their jobs with the Facility Services Department could be outsourced. Many employees have been with Texas A&M for 20-30 years.

Emotions flared when employees talked to university officials. The employees we spoke with and heard at the meeting feel they're being cheated.

Here are some of the questions and statements employees made to University leaders and the audience, after being handed the microphone.

"We are the most important people to serve A&M."
"Do the Board of Regents or the Chancellors have any idea what we do?"
"If the ax falls, can you give us some notice instead of the sneak attack like last time?"
"A lot of money goes into, but a lot of money goes into coaches who can't win games."

Some department leaders within Facility Services learned of the situation at an emergency meeting Thursday.

All of the employees affected work in the Facility Services Department which includes dining services, building maintenance, landscape maintenance and custodial services.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp released a statement addressing the outsourcing of support services:

"It is important to note that we have made decision to issue Requests or Proposals in several areas of support services, not lay off employees from Texas A&M University. Our employees -- their jobs, salaries and benefits -- will be a key consideration in the evaluation of any proposal from the private sector. This evaluation will be led by a multi-disciplinary team as part of a careful and deliberate process over the next several month."

Sharp's statement continues:

"All of us within the A&M System have a responsibility to maximize revenues going to the faculty and their research. They are the reason why we are here. Through the RFP process, we have an opportunity for the private sector to examine our support services and potentially generate additional revenues for our academic functions."

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