Source: By Amanda M. Wimmer, The Northwestern (WI), June 24, 2007
Nearly two months after its building and grounds director was reassigned in the wake of an investigation of inappropriate computer use, the Oshkosh school district is considering eliminating its contract with the company that former building and grounds director Dwayne Turpin works for.
Sodexho, a global food service and facilities management company, the company hired in 2003 to manage the school district’s maintenance and facilities, is paid more than $250,000 per year to provide management staff and other maintenance services.
………. Earlier this month, Superintendent Ron Heilmann recommended the board terminate the contract with Sodexho and hire its own buildings and grounds director. The change would save the district about $134,000 per year, Heilmann said.
Source: THE FLINT JOURNAL (MI), Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Genesee County Community Mental Health Board of Directors could eliminate 21 jobs, which would wipe out one of two employee teams that reach out to hard-to-serve people with mental illness. ……. Russell said CMH clients won’t be forgotten if a nine-person, in-house team is eliminated. The clients simply will be served by a contracted organization, such as others that already work with the agency
……. Russell said the job cuts, which would include closing a CMH cafeteria and eliminating internal mail delivery and maintenance positions, would allow the county to provide additional services with the savings.
Source: By Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA), Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Privatization of Pittsburgh’s repair garage hasn’t saved much money or improved service, acting city Controller Tony Pokora said yesterday. Because the city underestimated the costs of vehicle repair, it must pay $1 million more than budgeted this year, and $3.5 million more than anticipated over the following two years, he said upon release of an audit of the garage. The privatization effort, launched by former Mayor Tom Murphy, “is a failure if we look at the numbers across the board,” he said. “We’re seeing problems consistent with when the city operated” the garage.
…… First Vehicle Services of Cincinnati, which took over the garage from the city in February 2005, issued a 35-page rebuttal.
Source: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (WA), Friday, July 7, 2006 · Last updated 12:00 p.m. PT
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Community Colleges of Spokane engaged in unfair labor practices by hiring private workers for some jobs and making it difficult for union members to get information needed for negotiations, a state labor panel has found.
On June 30, the Public Employment Relations Commission ordered the colleges to stop subcontracting out several jobs and to stop “obstructing” union requests for information. “I think it’s a strong statement that the state at all levels needs to negotiate about contracting out” labor, said Tim Welch, director of public affairs for the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Source: By Ed Enoch, Hattiesburg American (MS), June 7, 2006
Aramark hopes to begin operations at the University of Southern Mississippi’s physical plant on July 1, and meetings are scheduled this month to help ease the transition.
…… Plant employees met with Aramark representatives on campus Monday to learn how their jobs and benefits would change with the proposed outsourcing. Some employees were unhappy with what they heard, especially about retirement plans.
“The security blanket we’ve got with the state is being taken away,” carpenter Keith Mitchell said “We’re very disgusted with it.” Mitchell, 49, said he has concerns about losing a state retirement plan, which would be replaced by a proposed 401(k) plan. He said he feared the 401(k) is less stable than the pension.
Source: By Rachel Leifer, Hattiesburg American (MS), May 26, 2006
A petition 124 physical plant employees signed exhorting University of Southern Mississippi officials not to outsource their jobs to a private firm expresses concern over several issues. Chief among the signatories’ worries is that Aramark’s retirement plan is not competitive with the state employee retirement benefits. “The (state retirement plan) is one of the main reasons so many of us have stayed at USM even though the salaries for many of us are very low,” the petition says.
Source: By KELLY MELHART, STAR-TELEGRAM (TX), Wed, Mar. 01, 2006
Managing the Keller school district’s maintenance department is proving to be difficult, expensive and a source of frustration for some trustees and administrators. In September, trustees fired the district’s maintenance contractor, Aramark School Services, after learning of missing records, broken equipment and financial mismanagement. Now a new company that trustees hired to move the maintenance department under district control says it expects the district to pay $285,170, almost twice as much as the $164,000 that the company and district officials originally agreed to. ….. Trustees learned of the cost overruns Feb. 10 in an informal report. The overruns were never mentioned in periodic maintenance reports that were shared with the school board. According to the original contract, The School Business Group was to receive $84,000 for temporarily overseeing the maintenance department, which includes custodians, and grounds and maintenance workers.