The move has sparked action from union representatives and concern from Tufts'' Jumbo Janitor Alliance (JJA) about preserving the employment and benefits of existing janitorial staff, the article noted.
Vice President for Operations Dick Reynolds explained that the university is initiating this process because the contract with the existing provider, ABM Janitorial Services, expired more than a year ago and the university was looking to test the market, the article stated.
"What we wanted to do was make sure we have the opportunity to rethink the details of a contract that we would have for janitorial services to make sure we get an up-to-date set of requirements and be able to see … if we can get a more efficient contract," Reynolds said.
According to the article, the initiation of this process has raised concerns that the existing janitorial staffs'' jobs, wages and benefits could be threatened, especially if the university switches to a non-union contractor.
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