MU decides not to outsource custodial work, will keep 250 jobs

The University of Missouri decided not to outsource custodial jobs for the 2020-21 academic year, the Columbia Missourian reports.

The university began accepting bids from companies in May to outsource those jobs, which would have led to over 250 MU employees being fired.

The decision comes after weeks of controversy, including demonstrations on campus and support from MU faculty, staff and students for custodial staff.

MU officials said the idea of outsourcing custodial work arose due to financial difficulties the university has faced during the pandemic and declines in state funding. During the bidding process, MU learned that it could save as much as $3 million if it decided to outsource to a proven firm.

MU officials said they will work with union representatives to identify other cost-saving measures.


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