Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- To help reduce its budget, UWS has started seeking proposals from interested businesses to outsource janitorial and grounds keeping services.
This move comes as campus leaders work to close a $4.5 M budget gap after years of declining enrollments and state budget cuts.
In May, more than 25 employees were issued "at-risk" notices that their positions may be subject to change.
Changes to the janitorial and grounds crew could come as early as November 13, but UWS says it's exploring all options.
Janitorial and grounds crew workers says outsourcing shouldn't be the answer, and that replacing dedicated staff will have unforeseen costs and consequences.
“This budget situation has impacted the entire campus community,” Lynne Williams, Director of Public Affairs said. “Grounds and custodial is one component of the overall plan.”
“These are at the bottom in terms of pay,” Haji Dokhanchi, Political Science Professor said.
“Most of them are at the stage where it will be very difficult for them to gain a meaningful job at this stage in their career."
Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on September 11, to the UWSA Office of Procurement in Madison.