My most recent post reports on the efforts at Eastern Michigan University to forestall the privatization of the institution’s dining services.
In a post to the Miami University of Ohio chapter’s Facebook page, Cathy Wagner has provided not just a parallel example of this sort of privatization at that institution but a broader perspective on where these initiatives are originating:
|“This morning (thanks to a heads-up from Dusty Jones, head of AFSCME) I attended an open forum about a report Miami commissioned to assess cost-cutting opportunities in the housing & dining and physical facilities units.
“The Ohio Task Force on Efficiency and Accountability required the assessment to be done. MU chose a consultant called SSC to do the assessment. SSC has a huge contract to provide custodial, etc. services at Texas A&M. So their report, written by their Head of Regional Sales, was part assessment, part sales pitch for outsourcing.
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