Proposing outsourcing while adding football ‘unconscionable’
Letters to the Editor
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
It was with great distress that I learned of Dr. Brian Noland’s plan to outsource the custodial staff at ETSU.
As a student in Appalachian Studies at ETSU, we learn how Appalachians have been marginalized as a people and have lost their voices to those with greater power.
Unfortunately, I see a parallel between what I learn in the classroom and what I observe of those in power at the university.
The custodial staff are a loyal and hardworking group who take pride in what they do.
Many work primarily for the benefits, since the pay is poor by anybody’s standards.
A university is more than bricks and books — its people, its values, its ideas and its ideals determine the type of people its graduates are.
Does the university really want to mimic corporations who will do anything for the bottom line? For the university to consider tossing these loyal employees aside like a dirty tissue while building a multi-million dollar football stadium is unconscionable.
By the way, I am the daughter and the widow of former custodians at the university.
— Remega Hyder
Graduate Student in Appalachian Studies