- Associated Press - Saturday, October 14, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Chicago-based company says it could save the University of Tennessee system $6.8 million on its facilities and maintenance costs.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports the savings were detailed in a series of proposals from Jones Lang LaSalle for each of the university’s campuses. The savings would be for the first year of the contract. About 1,100 university employees could be impacted by the proposal, which is opposed by the union representing state university employees.

State officials have proposed all state universities outsource their maintenance and facilities jobs to save money. So far, just one state university has done so. Others are still considering it. East Tennessee State University says it will not participate.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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