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University to outsource 125 staff

Texas A&M University-Commerce

The move is part of a system-wide reorganization of Texas A&M service employees.

Texas A&M University-Commerce announced Wednesday its intent to outsource its building maintenance, landscaping services and custodial services effective April 1. The change will affect 125 employees, the university said.

The university has signed a letter of intent with SSC Service Solutions, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, a release said. The move is part of similar changes at campuses throughout the Texas A&M University System, the statement said.

“By outsourcing these services system wide, we are ensuring our members located across the state of Texas can experience similar cost savings that our Brazos County system members have been able to achieve,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.

“Saving money without losing quality of services provided or employee jobs was critical to us in our search for a partner to manage these services. And I believe we have found the right partner to ensure our success,” Sharp said.

The statement issued by A&M-Commerce said “(The university) is expected to see significant cost-savings with SSC Service Solutions managing and operating facility services such as building maintenance, landscaping services and custodial services over a 12 year term.”

The statement did not say how much the university expects to save or where in its budget those reduced costs would occur. The statement did not mention whether affected employees would experience changes in their pay, benefits or other working conditions.

SSC Service Solutions currently provides support services to over 100 educational organizations nationwide, including Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, which uses the company for its custodial services, the statement said.  SSC Service Solutions manages facilities, custodial and building maintenance operations for Compass Group, the statement said.

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