A&M lays off 66 op­er­a­tions work­ers

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials said Tues­day that it has laid off 66 work­ers in its op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion, pri­mar­ily in phys­i­cal plant op­er­a­tions, as part of a larger re­struc­tur­ing ef­fort.

The re­struc­tur­ing has noth­ing to do with a state man­date to cut 10 per­cent from its bud­get, Lal­lah Howard, the di­vi­sion’s ex­ec­u­tive as­so­ci­ate vice pres­i­dent, said in a state­ment, but “we an­tic­i­pate cost sav­ings will help off­set fur­ther re­duc­tions.”

The Leg­isla­tive Bud­get Board and Gov. Rick Perry in May or­dered state agen­cies and uni­ver­si­ties to pro­pose cuts equal to 10 per­cent of their state fi­nanc­ing for the two-year bud­get cy­cle that be­gins in Septem­ber 2011. That di­rec­tive fol­lowed a request to trim 5 per­cent from cur­rent fi­nanc­ing.

Howard said the re­struc­tur­ing ef­fort will al­low the op­er­a­tions di­vi­sion to change its pri­mary fo­cus from con­struc­tion to pre­ven­tive main­te­nance for ex­ist­ing build­ings and in­fra­struc­ture.

Even as the di­vi­sion sheds work­ers, it plans to ex­pand its en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Howard said, and rely more heav­ily on the out­sourc­ing of ma­jor build­ing-re­lated projects and func­tions.

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