Mar 13, 2013 3:02 AM by Sean Mooney

TUSD board throws out idea of outsourcing jobs

TUCSON - On Tuesday the TUSD Governing Board gathered for it's regular meeting at TUSD headquarters. With the board still whittling away at the district's deficit
outsourcing staff jobs was one of the options being considered.

There is still a remaining 5-million dollars to trim from the 2013-2014 budget.

Staff recommendations for outsourcing include estimates of savings of $2.5million.

These final moves to save money have district employees very concerned.

There were several district positions that could be outsourced but the group that showed up in force to fight for their jobs were the blue collar workers of TUSD.

They are bus drivers, custodians, maintenance and other operations workers. They belong to AFSCME or the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. It represents over 700 employees in TUSD. Union representative, Alan Lee, says outsourcing jobs shouldn't just be about money, "We think, when you actually look at it, it's much more cost-effective and it's much better for the community to keep these services in-house."

After a lengthy discussion the board decided there were to many variables that the district would not be able to control or regulate by hiring private contractors. TUSD Board Member, Cam Juarez, said after considering all of the options outsourcing jobs had too many negatives, "The idea of outsourcing is really a moot point at this juncture", said Juarez, "it was definitely a majority motion, a vote from the board, that we no longer look at outsourcing."

Bottom line, there will be no outsourcing of the proposed positions within TUSD. The district will now have to find somewhere else to trim the remaining $5 million from the budget.


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