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Dec 10, 2009 2:21 PM by UL Press Release

UL cuts

LAFAYETTE - Administrators at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette received approval from the state Civil Service Commission today to outsource its custodial services to a private company. Currently, custodial services are handled through the university's Physical Plant.

According to UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie, the move is expected to money for the university. "This is one of several strategies we are implementing as cost-saving measures for the university during these difficult times. Outsourcing custodial services will allow us to continue providing a high quality of service while protecting the core mission of the university," he said.

Jerry Luke LeBlanc, UL Lafayette's vice president for administration and finance, said the university will enter into a three-year, $2 million contract with GCA Services Group - a nationwide facility services company - in January.

"In this economic climate, we must pursue any and all cost-saving measures to become more efficient in providing services," said LeBlanc. "We are stretching the revenue that we receive as far as we can get it." He expects the university to save an estimated $200,000 per year by outsourcing to GCA.

"Because we were very sensitive to the impact this will have on employees, one of the provisions of the contract allows permanent civil service employees in the custodial division of the Physical Plant Department the option of keeping their civil service status or accepting a position with GCA, whichever is better for their specific situation," said LeBlanc.

This outsourcing move will affect 49 permanent employees.

GCA clients span numerous industries, including higher education, K-12 schools, manufacturing, nuclear power, aviation, bio-pharmaceutical and more. The company's expertise will provide a quality of service to the university's educational and work environments across campus.

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