UWS maintenance crews fight for their jobs

By KBJR News 1

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 9:11 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Grounds crew and custodial staff held a rally outside of the University of Wisconsin Superior on Monday after learning several weeks ago that their jobs may be in jeopardy.

UW-Superior leaders say they have to reduce their budget by $4.5 million unless they can find additional revenue.

One area that they are looking at is possibly outsourcing their maintenance staff to a private company, putting some who have been there for years, out of a job.

"We have been here a long time, we know the students, we know the faculty, we know the people, and I don't want to see what happens with people that can't be trusted around here I guess. They put a lot of trust in us after that many years," said Mike Fanaselle, who has been on the custodial staff for 17 years.

"It's really hard to say what the outcome will be, we are at the early stages and it's possible that we may keep things as are. We may do a hybrid, a mixed option or we may look to provide those services externally," said Lynne Williams, Director of Public Affairs for the university.

Officials say there are 28 people employed as grounds and custodial staff.

The effort is part of university's program prioritization process.


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