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New UAF janitorial deal means savings, layoffs

November 18, 2010
FAIRBANKS, AK — The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is hiring a new contractor to handle janitorial work on campus, resulting in substantial savings but also about 90 layoffs in the months ahead, according to the Daily News-Miner.
UAF is set to accept a $2 million annual bid from Ohio-based GCA Services Group for a new three-year custodial contract, with options for a pair of one-year renewals, the article noted.
The company''s bid will replace work by ABM Alaska, which employs 76 custodians on campus and roughly a dozen UAF employees, the article stated.
Many of the existing employees should have an opportunity to apply for work with GCA in the next few weeks, according to Martin Klein, business manager at UAF''s facilities services department.
Terry Hayes, the UAF contract manager for ABM Alaska, said the company''s priority is to find jobs for its custodians who are currently working on campus.
According to the article, the company still has various contracts around Fairbanks but not enough to keep all of its existing workforce.
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