University Does Right by Janitors
After 10 years of outsourcing, Florida International University decided to bring janitors back in-house. Although the change will cost an estimated $1.8 million more a year for the school, school officials want to communicate that doing the right thing sometimes has value beyond the bottom line, according to a Miami Herald article. As state employees, janitors will now have access to benefits such as healthcare, vacations and salaries that bring them above poverty.
The move to bring janitorial services in-house is part of the schools "expansion that is not just remaking the physical campus, but also is transforming the university’s idea of itself." The school recently announced its leadership in making South Florida a more humane place to live and work.
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