Stillwater News Press

December 19, 2013

Oklahoma State custodial staff has option to sign back on

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University is laying off approximately 180 custodial employees, but they aren’t necessarily out of a job.

Earlier this month, the OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved the university’s request to hire GCA Service Group of Dallas to provide custodial services on the Stillwater campus.

However, the contract stipulates that GCA Service Group will hire any member of OSU’s custodial staff who wants to continue working on the Stillwater campus.

The company will hire the OSU employees at their current salaries and offer employee benefits, including 401K availability, paid leave and health insurance.

“This is a win-win for OSU and our custodial employees,” Director of Physical Plant Services Rick Krysiak said. “OSU gains efficiencies and improves services, while reducing overall costs. OSU employees may continue employment with an industry leader.”

The Physical Plant custodial budget, including staff salaries, is $7.1 million annually. OSU officials estimate the university will save $500,000 over the next three years of the GCA contract.

The estimated annual cost of the company’s three-year contract is $6.43 million. The contract contains an option to renew for five additional one-year periods with a maximum annual rate increase of 5 percent to allow for cost of living increases and the addition of building space to maintain as the university’s facilities expand.

Ten other custodial services groups submitted bids to provide custodial services for the Stillwater campus.

GCA Services Group will assume custodial service duties at the Stillwater campus on Feb. 10, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said.

OSU’s custodial employees received layoff letters last week as part of the transition to GCA Service Group, Shutt said. GCA has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The university’s custodial employee should transition to GCA in February, Shutt said, adding the employees should not experience a gap in pay or benefits.