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Haslam Unveils Outsourcing Details Amid Protests

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 17:07:18-05

Republican Governor Bill Haslam's administration has unveiled its "business justification" for a proposal to outsource building maintenance at state colleges and universities.
  
Meanwhile, campus workers protested against the plan in the legislative office complex and outside the state Capitol on Tuesday with chants of "Tennessee is not for sale."
  
The United Campus Workers have criticized what they call Haslam's "outsourcing frenzy" for targeting benefits-paying jobs at public colleges and universities.
  
Yet, Haslam's outsourcing advisers and consultants said the plan could save $28 million on campuses each year, while protecting the jobs of all currently employed campus maintenance workers who are deemed to be "qualified and productive."
  
Haslam agreed last month to hold an outside review of the privatization plan before having Tennessee's higher education systems decide whether to participate.