MSU Enters Agreement To Outsource Custodial And Grounds Work

Jan 21, 2020

Credit Courtesy of Murray State University

Murray State University has entered into an agreement with a Knoxville-based company to outsource custodial and grounds work.

University President Bob Jackson in an interview with WKMS on Tuesday said SSC will take over the services on April 13.

The five-year contract includes provisions to renew for one-year periods. Jackson said this is a significant change at Murray State. 

“These are the type of things in higher education today that we must look at just because of lack of appropriations in the last several years, because of the pension system increases in the last many years,” Jackson said. “These are the things that we have to look at today to manage an institution.”

SSC Human Resources Director Shannon Thornton at a forum last December said the company will retain existing employees, but will not offer tuition benefits currently given by the university.

Murray State’s employment of custodial and grounds workers ends on April 10th. SSC did not immediately respond with a comment by the time of publication.

SSC has been in operation for over 50 years and employs over 9,000 people.

This story has been updated to clarify when Murray State University's employment of custodial and grounds workers ends.