UWMC moves to outsource custodial work

Source: Keith Uhlig, Daily Herald, March 16, 2014

The nine workers on the custodial staff at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County will be laid off in the coming weeks if negotiations with an outside janitorial company are successful.UWMC leaders say outsourcing the school’s custodial work could save the college $150,000 at a time when it needs to trim an estimated $400,000 from a $4 million operating budget. That budget cut, said Keith Montgomery, the UWMC campus dean, is partly fallout from a $62 million cut of state funding to the budget of the entire UW System and partly from a slightly declining student population. … Montgomery said contract negotiations are ongoing with a firm selected through a bidding process that began in January. Part of the contract, he said, will stipulate that the company needs to interview the current janitorial employees….