AUSTIN (KXAN) - University of Texas leaders warn that their plans to streamline university operations will lead to layoffs. The 'Shared Services' plan could eliminate about 500 jobs and cost the university million of dollars.
The changes would involve spending $180 million dollars on new technology.
The Texas State Employees Union obtained a draft of the plan that the university confirmed to KXAN Friday afternoon. Senior lecturer Anne Lewis, who's also on the Texas State Employees Union board told KXAN by phone she's concerned about the plan.
"UT is a public institution and there has to be an opportunity for the community to discuss the plan," she said. "Especially since 500 prominent jobs in the Austin area will potentially be lost in the process."
UT Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty said the changes will put the university into a smarter business model and save money while improving its service.
"The value of the 500 jobs to the university will not only save the university $30 to $40 million by consolidating these and supporting them with modernized technology but we can actually deliver a better, more consistent service quality to the campus."
The labor union said the university is being too vague about how this plan will exactly help students and faculty and that they would like to have a "real conversation" with the administration about the project.
UT Vice President Haggerty said it could still take weeks for the plan to get final approval.
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