TITLE: A bill to reaffirm the student senate’s opposition to Governor Haslam’s outsourcing plan
SPONSOR(S): Don Black, Parliamentarian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kalina Blazanovic, Arts & Sciences Senator (email@example.com)
Hayley Brundige, At-Large Senator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Will Gabelman, Arts & Sciences Senator (email@example.com)
Sawyer Smith, Off Campus Senator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DATE: January 24th, 2017
Whereas, Governor Bill Haslam’s administration is planning to outsource the facilities management of virtually all state-owned facilities, approximately two-thirds of which are state colleges and universities including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and
Whereas, Governor Haslam’s outsourcing plan will put all facilities workers’ jobs and benefits at risk, and
Whereas, UT Knoxville has previously outsourced custodial services, ultimately deciding to bring the services back in-house in 2012 at the recommendation of a task force looking at the practices of Top 25 Universities, and
Whereas, in 2012, Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor of facilities services, said that bringing services back in-house would lead to “increased service, better cleaning, and more responsiveness to the needs of the university” and “better wages, benefits, and continuing education opportunities” for employees, and
Whereas, our University’s facilities services currently operates efficiently and effectively, having operated previously significantly under budget, and
Whereas, outsourcing our facilities services could result in the elimination of campus services such as the Office for Recycling, Sustainability, turf management at Neyland Stadium, master planning, the STAR (Special Team to Assist Research) Group, and more, and
Whereas, Governor Haslam has pursued this plan with a considerable lack of transparency despite intense opposition by campus workers, students, faculty, legislators, and other concerned Tennesseans, and
Whereas, the UT Knoxville will have the opportunity to opt out of the outsourcing plan this semester,
Be it hereby resolved, the Student Senate strongly opposes Governor Haslam’s plan to outsource the management of facilities at UT Knoxville.
Be it hereby resolved, the Student Senate strongly recommends UT Knoxville administrators to opt out of the governor’s outsourcing plan.
Be it hereby resolved, the Student Senate requests incoming Chancellor Beverly Davenport attend an open forum hosted by the Student Government Association on the topic of outsourcing, prior to the opting in or out decision being made, in order to directly hear the concerns of students, campus workers, faculty, and other members of the campus community.
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