City of Bryan outsources duties after job cuts

Source: Matthew Watkins, The Eagle, October 02, 2011

Kean Register…has now served in the top city job for a year. During that time, he has cut 36 jobs from the payroll, half of which had their duties outsourced to private companies….

The public works and water departments were combined, with the water department director taking over the duties of the director of public works. Jobs were cut in communications, streets and drainage, engineering, facilities, solid waste and fleet services… By hiring a contractor to do tree trimming he cut two jobs, by outsourcing right of way mowing he cut eight jobs, and by outsourcing custodial work he cut another eight jobs….

…But District 2 Councilman Paul Madison has expressed displeasure with the lost jobs. “These are employees that live in the city of Bryan,” he said. “They have decent jobs and when you outsource you have organizations coming in that probably don’t provide any benefits and the workers go from being productive citizens to survival mode.”

The new workers may also be less reliable, he said. American Facilities Services, the Georgia-based company that won the contract to handle custodial services, notified the city on the day it was to begin work that it wouldn’t be showing up. The city then had to wait until the next council meeting to hire the second-place bidder…..

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