Custodians meet with TSEA, Crowe
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 21:10
Some ETSU custodial staff members met with several state officials Wednesday to discuss their concerns about the possible outsourcing of custodial services.
Officials at the meeting included Lisa Moffet, a Tennessee State Employees Association field representative; Sarah Adair, a TSEA government relations director; and Tennessee Sen. Rusty Crowe. TSEA is a non-profit group that represents the interests and rights of state employee members.
The university is looking for ways to save money in view of budget concerns. One option is to outsource services to other companies. Several universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents have already outsourced some services.
The custodial staff met with ETSU President Brian Noland earlier in the week to discuss the issue.
Many of the custodians expressed Wednesday that their questions about what exactly is going on and what will happen to them have not been answered. A few of them said they feel like their jobs are already gone.
“We need to figure out what’s going, so we can stop it,” Adair said.
The general consensus of the meeting was that the custodians, many of whom have been at the university for a number of years, feel that they are not being treated as part of the ETSU family. They believe there is a division between the office workers and the grounds workers, even though they’re all employed by the university.
Adair, Crowe and Moffet all expressed their support for the staff.
“Get us your questions and we will get them to the legislators,” Moffet said. “Let us be the tough guys.”
Crowe also encouraged the group to write letters to the president of the university telling him how they feel about the matter.
“Keep smiling and keep doing your jobs,” Crowe said.