UW-Superior moves to privatize custodian, groundskeeper jobs

There was big news at the UW-Superior campus Wednesday when 27 custodians and groundskeepers learned at a morning meeting that their positions will be outsourced to Tennessee-based Services Solutions Company. UW-Superior made a similar move with bookstore employees. The move is one of many UWS is making to cover a $4.5 million shortfall caused by what administrators described as a “perfect storm” of declining enrollment, a tuition freeze and years of statewide funding reductions. For lengthy local newspaper coverage.

President Cross statement
UW System President Ray Cross issued a public statement Wednesday in regard to the announcement from UW-Superior regarding budget-reduction efforts on that campus. In part, he said, “This decision is part of a broader program prioritization effort being led by the Chancellor, one that will put the campus in a better position to serve its students in the future. By conducting a thorough review of its academic and non-academic programming, and initiating cost savings in both areas, UW-Superior is sending a strong message that it is fiscally responsible.” For the full statement.