TAMU Employees Stage Protest On Campus

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Dozens of employees are outraged at Texas A&M University's plans to possibly outsource more than a thousand jobs on campus.

They're worried they'll lose their jobs. The university says the companies could hire them.

This week companies who could take over facility services like dining, custodial, landscaping and transportation have been touring the campus.

“I don't understand. They want cheaper pay. We don't make that much money,” said Diane Witherspoon who has been working in custodial services with TAMU for almost 15 years. “It's hard going to bed at night not knowing that you will have a job next May or June."

Witherspoon along with dozens of her fellow employees lined up with signs.

The employees protesting said one of their goals is to make sure they join forces with students so they can fight together.

"This is hard to ignore. It's such an issue. It's a problem that students didn't know about. This shouldn't be the first time that I see it,” said Abby White, a student at TAMU.

"We can write petitions or we could get groups together to keep jobs here and see where it goes,” said Gus Elizando, another student.

Companies are scheduled to tour campus throughout the week. The employees, who spend hours making signs, say they will continue protesting until their voice is heard.

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